Sunday, January 23, 2022
I often say that my passion for an artist's work begins with a single image. In the case of photographer George Platt Lynes, the image was the shot of model Bill Harris above. I saw the shot on a message board and had to find out more about the artist. From the late 1920s until his death in 1955, George Platt Lynes was one of the world’s most successful commercial and fine art photographers.
When I first recently discovered Michalis's images, I was drawn to the vulnerablity of his beautiful naked body in so many public spaces. Although his nakedness was the focus, I also found myself drawn to the faces and reactions of those he encounters while nude. There were many smiles and many uncomfortable faces.
Most surprising to me were those faces with nonchalant expressions. They either didn't care, were in shock, or were trying hard to hide their real reactions beneath the surface of their skin. I was of course curious what inspired Michalis' passion for urban nudity, some of his experiences while naked in public, and about some of the many memorable reactions.