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Photographer John Crawford with a photo from Aerial Nudes. Photo: Supplied. The acclaimed photo series finally get its day in the sun in first full exhibition. From an early interest in abstract shapes, Crawford says he was immediately drawn to the two-dimensional forms of the landscape when seen from directly overhead.
This was well before the advent of drone technology or high definition satellite photography made the overhead perspective commonplace. The lines formed by the interaction of natural and industrial landscapes inspired Crawford to shoot the series, but something was missing. Crawford says his wife Carina was keen to be involved, and soon he was shooting her distant naked body lying flat against the ground on everything from a timber yard to an airport runway. In one of the most well-known photos from the series, Carina lies across a rail bridge with an oncoming train seeming to bear down on her through the deep green of the Taranaki bush.
She would have probably rather been in bed. After scouting the locations in a small fixed-wing plane, John would coordinate with Carina to find the right position and framing for the shot. Without cell phones or any other means of communication, Carina nz nudes lie in position and wait as John flew overheard to shoot. After the images first were released in the late 80s, international publications began to reach out to Crawford to feature them.
Nearly 10 years later, the Auckland exhibition is the first to feature all 15 images from the series. Now that the photos are back in the spotlight, Crawford says nz nudes glad they can finally be seen together in one exhibition.
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Iconic aerial nudes on full display for first time