We have all seen the Adam and Eve type pictures with a fig leaf covering the parts we are not supposed to see. These pictures or images are not really art but they perhaps the first time many children will see an almost naked body in nature. It is not pornographic, the object of the image is to define nakedness and that very nakedness, even partial, in nature is where some photographers find the perfect shot.
Skin is a beautiful object, no matter what tone the skin is it will always be beautiful and in nature because skin itself is natural the photographs taken always end up having something unique about them. Natural greenery and naked skin, a leg, arm or more makes for a richness and depth in the image that a beach or other less green scene can produce. Green and skin go well together, maybe Adam and Eve actually started something, who knows.
As with skin that has many colours, tones and feels greenery has the same. From the dark evergreens of a forest pine or even fig leaf to the softer, yellowy greens of ferns or leaves on the
turn from season to another or even a lawn or meadow, green is the naked colour of nature herself. Placing a model in nature surrounded by green can extenuate the natural beauty of naked skin as it brushes against or blends in with the nakedness of leaves or grass. Light and shade create depth and no matter how hard one tries both the naked skin and the naked green will fight to become the centre of attention. Each is so rich, so powerful and so meaningful that finding the balance is easily lost; too much skin and the image risks becoming pornography and too much green results in a photograph best suited National Geographic or Gardeners Weekly.
For any photographer balancing the contents of the frame is vital and with things of natural beauty that beg to photographed one needs to shy away from giving too much voice to a particular element unless that is the sole purpose.
Surrounded by greenery any season can be created and any emotion captured and skin evokes a feeling freedom and comfort. With the right light hot and cold can be defined and a picture can soon be told. A forest, field, garden or even a forest of kelp under the sea is full of green and this green begs for nakedness to accompany it and skin is perhaps the most elegant and even dangerous of all things to add. There is a fine line between tasteful and not and pushing that boundary just a touch can result in outrageously beautiful pictures that get people talking by bringing them to the very edge of nature itself.