IN THE FLESH

"Nude portraits were something that I never had any intention of delving into but it happened unexpectedly. It was during the beginning of a portrait session that one of the subjects about to be photographed moved onto the backdrop and under the lights he would disrobe to my surprise. "I'm ready when you are." It was something that was the last thing I had in mind for the persons images but I rolled with the punches. I found that as the session moved ahead what I was capturing was an uninhibited, open human being that did not seem to be nude, but was in their skin completely protected from truly being exposed. It would be from that session that I would continue to meet and find the men below that had no qualms about being photographed in the nude, they all reveling in this. I too would pose for a series of nude self portraits. Something that I had always wanted to do but never felt confident enough to pursue. These brave individuals not only inspired me, the nude form being a beautiful thing to cherish. It's when a person is that brave they are vulnerable and equally as strong. This is what I am so very proud of, these men, as well as myself, stepping out on to the ledge. Not just stepping on to it but jumping into the void without hesitation." - Andre Steven Rutgersen


Adam L. "Guess I'm a little overdressed!"

Duncan B.

David Rinaldo

This Image featured in the photography book "Faces, Outtakes & A Few More Observations" 2021

Ireland - "I can't explain it but posing nude has never been a big deal to me. It's the same as with clothes on, I don't feel a difference but the rest of the world I know doesn't see it that way. That I can't help but while I'm still young enough, and when I'm asked I'll sheed my one skin and show the other."

The (censored version) above Image and Image in the middle are featured in the photography book "Faces, Outtakes & A Few More Observations" 2021.

"For me it's just who I am. I have no problem barring myself, I've told you I'm a natural mystic and honestly feel better when I'm naked. There's no f****** shame in it but the world judges us on what we look like and how were built and I know I'm not some muscle bucket head and don't wanna be. This is it and I'm f****** proud of it."

"Zeki_One"

This Image and some featured below appear in the the photography book "Faces, Outtakes & Few More Observations" 2021

I love that he's not afraid of the camera, of how what he does may come across to anyone else. I mean he's just fearless and that's inspiring to me.

"Zeki_One..." These two Images and some featured below appear in the the photography book "Faces, Outtakes & Few More Observations" 2021

Self Portraits "Eye Of The Storm..." this image featured in the self portrait photography book "Picture This..." 2022 Previously featured in the self portrait photography book "Into The Lens" 2020 *No longer Available*

"The Decent..."

"Chris B. ..."