Self promotion. I had drawn and painted nudes many times but I didn't have any in my body of photography and felt I should. So I gave myself an assignment.
I approached an instructor of a life drawing class and asked if I could attend a session and photograph the model instead of drawing. He was OK with it if the model was, which she was. I began shooting at the same distance from the model as the students as I didn’t think it would be right to get between them and the model. And I was getting very nice images of the physical beauty of the body, but not much emotion. Then there was a 15 minute break and I moved in close and shot her as she relaxed and smoked a cigarette. I left when the break was over as I had gotten the human emotion I was after.
I have had very good response to the photograph. It was juried into a group show, “The Body Collection”, which was exhibited at the Louvre.