THE NAKED PROJECT is the Flagship of GREY's work! It is a way to acknowledge and celebrate the simplicity, beauty and diversity of the human form.
Women are the focus of the Project and aside from their natural beauty (that has often been replicated in architecture, art, fashion, and even automobile design) as subjects they convey a wide variety of contrast, and can range from soft and submissive, to supportive and confident, or aggressive and demanding.
The Project is meant to deliberately show "perceived societal flaws" such as belly rolls, stretch marks, cellulite, scars, blemishes, and wrinkles. The intent is to show the viewer there is a tangible human being in front of them, and that the have literally chosen to bare their unashamed, unbroken, and vulnerable spirit to the world with the confidence and intensity of Lion. It is a way to reconnect and refocus what makes something beautiful and find beauty in that truth.
"A special thanks and appreciation goes out to all of the wonderful participants, and future participants of this Project! I can not put into words how wonderful it has been creating this experience with you! I have been introduced to so many strong, talented, and wonderful individuals. Thank you so much for opening up and sharing what it is to be human. This Project has far exceeded my expectations!"
Always the gracious Gentleman GREY JOHNSON is a Portrait Photographer based in Washington, DC. He is a minimalist and believes you only need a few key elements to create a beautiful and impactful image! This philosophy is incorporated throughout his work as a photographer, artist, and throughout other aspects of his life. He believes it is essential to accept and embrace the truth about ourselves, celebrate our imperfections as humans, and enjoy the moments of serendipity in our daily lives.
He intentionally produces work that is “unfinished”, leaving in commonly perceived “flaws” such as round bellies, stretch marks, cellulite, and at times blemishes. He focuses instead on capturing the uniqueness and beauty of each individual's personality. He believes this gives the image its signature, helping to deliver an authentic representation of each subject.
“I try to display the beauty of each subject as they are seen in the real world, and not as an unrealistic representation of how they are expected to be viewed. I think this helps put the subject at ease and allows me to capture their true wonderful selves. My art is meant to be an authentic representation of that individual in that particular moment in time. I want the viewer of my work to consider who that person is, what their thoughts are, and what lead them to that moment in time. If the viewer can walk away with all or any of those considerations then I have accomplished my creative intent!" - Grey Johnson
GREY is also the creator of THE NAKED PROJECT, a fine art nude photography project which focuses on this exact concept. The Project is his signature contribution to the genre of Fine Art Nude Photography!
His involvement in the arts began at an early age when he used to draw dinosaurs in pre-school and make sculptures from the red South Carolina clay. From there things took a bit of a hiatus until 2013 where he rediscovered his passion for the arts after several life changing events. Refocused GREY began studying figurative art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He then took up photography after being inspired by the diverse range of models seen in his figure drawing classes. He wanted to emphasize the diversity of body types, colors, and ages rarely seen in the world of Fine Art Nude Photography.
Create a safe, empowering, and positive environment that allows clients to become their authentic selves with no elements of shame, guilt, or repercussion. Thereby initiating feelings of self love used to progress forward in life.
The purpose of this platform is to not only document the diversity and beauty of the female form but too also establish an environment where this style of photography can be viewed and digested free from judgment, shame, and distortion. In addition it is a place to evoke thought regarding a positive body image, self empowerment and develop a sense of community and out reach!
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