Bronze / 2018 / Fine Art / Nudes

Back Buttocks Stool

  • Prize
    Bronze in Fine Art/Nudes
  • Company
    Direct Art Photography
  • Photographer
    Richard Westerhuis

Back Buttocks Stool, a portrait serie. This is an ongoing series of portraits of backs and buttocks (on a stool). Why? Because everyone has a unique back and sets of buttocks. We all know that, but we seldom see our own back and buttocks. And are we fully aware of how our backs and buttocks are viewed by others and influencing our personal relationships? Even more, we can express various emotions with our backs and buttocks. The variety is of backs and buttocks is unique, no set is the same. We surely have an opinion about our own back and buttocks and most certainly of that of others. In this series I try to capture some of the above elements and I hope you will enjoy it :)

About Richard Westerhuis
‘Simplicity is beautiful’

Richard Westerhuis is an independent creative photographer with a love for pure and timeless (portrait) photography.

What is beauty? Nowadays, the world seems to be obsessed by being perfect and will even prefer artificiality instead of someone’s natural appearance. Westerhuis on the contrary photographs his models without judgment and encourages his models to be authentic. He believes there’s a beauty in being vulnerable and being yourself. His aim is to portray people the way they are; as real people, without pretending and each with their own story to tell.

Real life In this dynamic school of life there are welcome emotions like joy and hope, but also unwelcome emotions like sorrow and uncertainty. Westerhuis isolates these emotions by photographing his models in a studio setting with a ‘less is more attitude’; simplicity as a tool to stay close to reality. He often puts his models in front of a dark backdrop and uses painterly lighting reminiscent of old masters like Rembrandt. A good Portrait, to him, is a Portrait that captures an emotion or a gaze in its purest form.

It is the mixture of inspiration from art of the past and the present, which helps shape his art photography today. He believes experimenting and practicing are key to grow as a photographer and as a person. By always asking questions and letting curiosity guide him, he is constantly discovering and learning different ways to visualise stories. The overall theme in his projects is ‘the beauty of life and the wonderful vulnerability of human kind’.


Sometimes it only takes one moment, one face and one story; simplicity is beautiful.