We here at UFM have always marvelled at how black and white photography manages to really fancy up the weekend warmup and humpday hottie features. We just sort of always assumed that it was some sort of magic, inexplicable phenomenon that suddenly made the art of gorgeous scantily clad women into true masterpieces. That still holds true, but this week’s talented photographer Ruslan Lobanov pairs his black and white women with classical portraiture stylings, and the result is hands down one of the most beautiful set of nudes I’ve ever seen.
Weekend Warmup – Ruslan Lobanov Nude Photography
Lobanov shoots nudes almost exclusively, and travels extensively to find the most stunning backdrops for all his photos. He’s just wrapped up a stint in Cuba, and has spent large amounts of time clicking his way through France, Italy, Poland and the Ukraine. What that means for you is an array of stunning women, and an interesting vintage vibe in all of his sets. I’m not talking cheaply Instagrammed washed out filter vintage, but Victorian parlour ornate stone and silver work sort of vintage. While it’s obvious that all of his photos are taken in current settings and with current props, it amazes me that he captures this serene vibe without the harsh austerity of those bygone times. Taking something old and making it new again seems to be the only way to make a living these days, but rarely do you see anything- let alone nude photography- achieving that without looking fake and commercial. There’s something about these shots that is simply and comfortably beautiful in an old fashioned sort of way. Regardless of how you may feel about the atmosphere of this set, times are good all around.
I’m sure a lot of that feeling comes from flowing fabrics, ornate frames, and the candlesticks and teacups scattered about, but there’s something indescribable that hangs about these photos that I’ve fallen in love with. I’m beginning to think that this is possibly my favorite weekend warmup of all time. If you want to see more of Ruslan Lobanov’s work, you can follow his livejournal here, which is constantly updated with his doings, new photography and videos. I highly recommend browsing, as all of his shots are stunning.