/ 2021 / Fine Art / Nudes

The Forest

  • Prize
    Silver in Fine Art/Nudes
  • Photographer
    Selina Mayer

The Forest is a conscious departure from masculinity & modernity, in medium & in subject matter. My subjects are my contemporaries, from my global community of young artists using their bodies for self-expression, uniquely connected in the digital age through social media.
Being in the same community we are allowed an immediate level of familiarity & intimacy. We are nude, but it is an unselfconscious & primordial nudity, reclaimed from the male gaze. We are in nature & a part of it; we are skyclad witches & exultant earth goddesses in communion with nature, vulnerable yet unafraid.

I am a British visual artist working primarily with analogue photography, specialising in nude portraiture. I studied Fine Art at Central St Martins and continue to live and work in London.
The first nude body I photographed was my own. My self-portraiture is a way for me to explore my own vulnerabilities, and I did this by removing my clothing, my armour. Later, others responded to this vulnerability and began allowing me past their own armour.
By shooting on film my photos become tactile objects, a counterpoint to the incorporeal and ephemeral digital photography that surrounds us every day.

Awards Join the Docks Festival grant recipient 2020
Monochrome Awards Honourable Mention in Nude, 2020
Neutral Density Photography Awards Honourable Mention in Fine Art Nudes, 2020
Budapest International Foto Awards Honourable Mention in Fine Art Nudes, 2020
International Photography Awards Honourable Mention in Fine Art Nudes, 2020
Pollux Awards 15th edition Honourable Mention 2020
Vienna International Photography Awards Honourable Mention 2020
Monovisions Photography Awards Honourable Mention 2020
San Francisco Bay International Photo Award Gold winner 2020
Julia Margaret Cameron Awards 15th edition Honourable Mention 2020
Photos Des Femmes seeingWOMEN Award Honourable Mention 2020
Fine Art Photo Awards 6th Edition nominee in Nudes 2020
Mediterranean Contemporary Art Prize Artist in Residence Award Winner 2019
Mediterranean Contemporary Art Prize Juror’s Special Mention in Photography 2019
Head On Portrait Prize semi-finalist 2019
Monochrome Photography Awards 3rd place in Nudes 2019
Fine Art Photo Awards 5th Edition nominee in Nudes 2019
Tokyo International Foto Awards Honorable Mention in Nudes 2019
PhotogrVphy Grant nominee 2018
Monochrome Photography Awards Honourable Mentions in Nude 2015
Silverprint/Photofusion Black and White Photography Award Winner 2014