Photo Essay


Hannah Mariska

'Simplicity' is a project that I have been shooting for around a year now. It was an idea I came up with after shooting a model called Lady Wildflower in some implied topless poses, a little while afterwards another model called Starr posed in a very similar way but it still came across completely different. I decided to develop it into a project and photograph as many different women as I could in a similar way.

The specifications for the project is that each photo is black and white and un-photoshopped, and implied topless. They are photographed against a simple white wall in natural window light at around midday for consistancy. They are all shot on the same camera, a Fujifilm finepix S9600, its a compact SLR. Depending on the light, the ISO is about 400, f2.8. I tell the model that the pose has to be implied, but they can pose how they like, I aim to bring a part of each model out in the photograph. The models only wear their everyday makeup and accessories so it aims to capture them as naturally as possible.

I have shot mothers, daughters, wives, sisters and more for the project, celebrating the individual beauty of all the women I have photographed.

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15 responses

  • Luca Piccolo

    Luca Piccolo gave props (27 Jan 2009):

    great shots


    PINAKI SARKAR gave props (27 Jan 2009):

    great shots

  • Andre Easter

    Andre Easter said (27 Jan 2009):

    A beautiful series Steff. Every photo is a monument to excellence in B&W portrait photography. "Yeah, it rocks" is an understatement. My very highest regards.

  • Kokopedal

    Kokopedal (Deleted) said (27 Jan 2009):

    Done with style and class. I enjoyed it very much

  • alien invader

    alien invader said (27 Jan 2009):

    Very nice and well taken.... BRAVO.....

  • alien invader

    alien invader gave props (27 Jan 2009):

    EYE CATCHING......

  • Etel

    Etel gave props (28 Jan 2009):

    Impeccable, Steff!

  • Pablo Jimenez

    Pablo Jimenez gave props (28 Jan 2009):


  • Gigantic Photography

    Gigantic Photography gave props (30 Jan 2009):

    Superb essay! I love the honesty in your images.

  • C.S. Muncy

    C.S. Muncy said (3 Feb 2009):

    Excellent series...I'd love to know the technical details on it (lens, film, lighting, etc)

  • Brittany Biel

    Brittany Biel gave props (17 Feb 2009):

    This essay is fantastic. I love the series. It truly inspires me. I love the models; they are all so beautiful. And kudos for them to pose nude!!

  • Zack Xander

    Zack Xander gave props (13 Mar 2009):

    Brilliant Series!

  • Rebecca Delekta

    Rebecca Delekta gave props (23 Jan 2010):

    This is a stunning collection of the beauty of women. I love this idea, very unique, simplistic, and excellently executed.

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (14 Jul 2010):

    Wonderful collection of images. I vote for it to be published, and please let me know when the book comes out

  • Simona Ranieri

    Simona Ranieri gave props (15 Aug 2010):

    beautiful!! and very well done! got my vote!

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