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Uncovered beauty of the female body and true emotions in the eyes of every model, conceptual yet strongly meaningful visual associations, balancing between provocative nature of the nude photography and deep understanding of true art aesthetics – this is how the art photographs by Carsten Witte appear before the eyes of the audience. Being a well-established fashion photographer, Carsten has elevated nude photography to the levels, where it is no longer about simple exposing of the naked female bodies; instead, it is about exposing the entire microcosm of each model with her deep personal emotions and feelings. The photographer reveals this mysterious universe, where physical body is only a part of it, with the help of highly skillful play with light and shadows, color and contrast manipulations. Combining female bodies with live nature objects, such as plants in his “Gold” series, or butterflies in “Psyche” line of art photos, Carsten Witte gives hints to better understand his works, leaving though the final verdict up to a viewer and his personal perception of the particular art piece.
Carsten Witte – who is he? What do we know about the man, standing behind the camera lens and guiding us into the still unexplored world of nude art photography? Not much, actually, in terms of biographic data. Carsten was born in 1964 in Hamburg, Germany. Even being a little boy, he has always been attracted by beautiful people, which, obviously, predisposed his future career as fashion and art photographer. In his 19 Carsten joined the advertising agency; a few years later he started to gain valuable practical experience while co-working with known photographers of that time. Year 1986 – Carsten Witte starts studying communication design in Bielefeld, Germany. Three years later his first photography works were published. However, being a true artist Carsten Witte has always urged for freedom in his work; thus, in 1995 he became a freelance art photographer with his own design studio in Hamburg. Being a very prolific photographer, Carsten Witte regularly displays his works at art galleries in Germany, France, Sweden, USA, and Australia.