Aerial nude shots bring photographer fame

"Pictures are taken in and around Taranaki"

Last updated 05:00 28/11/2012
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John Crawford's series of nude photos have been a huge success online.

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An eye-catching series of nude photos taken around Taranaki during the 1980s are shooting photographer John Crawford to global recognition.

Crawford said the online success of the pictures of his nude then-wife, taken when they were living near New Plymouth between 1984 and 1987, had been "overwhelming".

"They've recently been on a Norwegian news site and on that alone they got 85,000 views.

"It's astounding," he said.

Crawford, now a professional photographer in Auckland, said the series was titled Aerial Nudes.

Despite being more than 20 years old, it was only in the past month the pictures were rediscovered.

Crawford's website, www.johncrawford.co.nz, went through a recent redesign and he decided to include them in that.

Since the photos were placed online, they have been covered by media all around the world, including the BBC and Daily Mail.

Offers of contracts and exhibitions have been flooding in but Crawford said he wanted to "hold tight" and see what happens.

He said he would most like an opportunity to exhibit in New York and then take it from there.

"Nearly all of the pictures are taken in and around Taranaki. I used to do a lot of flying there and it always struck me, the views and symmetry that could be seen from that view."

He said the inspiration came from having to fly between a lot of jobs throughout the region and country.

"It's not often we get to really look at something from that perspective and analyse it. As we're flying, we're passing over a point but we quickly move on, so to be able to see something from directly above is something that people find interesting."

He said the idea to incorporate the nude body was initially born out of perspective.

"It gives scale because everyone knows the size of the human form, but it also shows how minuscule and insignificant we as humans are compared to the expansive landscape surrounding us."

Crawford is no longer married to the woman in the photos, but says "she's a dear friend".

And she is also pleased with their success.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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