Hanna is a wonderful, inspirational Canadian art nude model, living in Portugal, traveling Europe. I love her beautiful personality, expression and intense charisma. The
perfect fit! Random imperfection is the key here. I shot with a cheap, strange lens featuring horrible specs and horrendous sharpness distortion. Only combined with ambient light, high ISO and an agitated posing…Perfect! Distortion. Beauty. Grain. Movement. Love.
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It is hard to say when or how the fashion industry will ever allow for more diversity-not just in body types but in ethnicity as well. Creating a dialogue on these issues and garnering more attention to them is the first step.

When I reflect back on my time working as a model, I have nothing but gratitude. It sparked my interest in photography, and allowed me to meet amazing individuals who inspired me to create as well. As a photographer, I am drawn to women as subjects, whether they be models, friends, or my mother. If I were given the opportunity to shoot for Vogue tomorrow, I would shoot the same array of subjects.

I think the female form is beautiful and I really enjoy shooting it. This idea has been on my mind a lot in the last while, having posed nude quite often myself. I’ve worked with many photographers in the last months, all of whom are male (I’m not attempting to single them out, it is just a fact of my experience), who usually have a primary job (namely a writer, commercial photographer, creative director), and for their artistic hobby they shoot “art”, which means they shoot beautiful women, naked. Some do it spectacularly, and I feel lucky to have met such photographers. My experience has really changed my views on nudity and art and the purpose of nudity in photographs. Even when I see images now, I can’t help but notice when the nudity has no purpose versus when it actually makes sense being part of an image.

There is no such thing as ‘real women’ because all women are real.”