Unknown Gallery in Venice Presents Luba Nude Yoga
Opening April 2nd, 2015 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Written By: Kim Conlan
Photographed By: Dhrumil Desai
For most, a picture is just a picture. They can only see the image at face-value, and decipher it according to the traditional perceptions of the culture they were raised in. That being said, Petter Hegre’s collection of photographs portraying the human figure can certainly be construed as risqué by the layman. Nevertheless, for anyone who has experienced how difficult it can be for a photographer to make someone feel comfortable in front of the camera—even when they are fully clothed—can fully appreciate Hegre’s ability to make the many top models he’s worked with feel completely natural in nothing but their own skin.
Born in Norway, Hegre left home to attend the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, and eventually apprenticed with the legendary Richard Avedon. Avedon himself created many stunning portraits in his lifespan, including the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Salvador Dali and Kate Moss. His successful career included capturing powerful images for companies such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Versace. Avedon’s bold, but delicate, photographs full of fashion, movement, and architectural design no doubt had a profound influence on Hegre’s work. Although that may be the case, Hegre formed his own distinct style and chiseled out his own thriving career focused around precision, symmetry and harmony in his photos. Since 2002, Hegre has constantly traveled the world shooting, has released six books featuring collections of his work, and premiered many exhibitions worldwide.
In the summer of 2014, Hegre moved from his hub in Barcelona to a beachside home in the town of Malibu, intending to stay for a year. Joining him was his divine wife of 12 years, Luba Shumeyko, a model, yogi and native of Ukraine. Although they had collaborated many times before, Hegre and Luba were surprised at the response to the photos he captured of Luba’s arabesque nude figure contorted into various yoga positions. Needless to say, once they were released online, the portraits went viral. The images were immediately construed as “sexy” by the public, even though that was never the intent of Hegre. Instead, the focus was meant to be about the beauty of form, on the precise tone of Hegre’s lighting and composition, and the power of the female figure in such spiritual positions.
So the next logical step was to take these photographs to the Unknown Gallery in Venice Beach, led by Creative Director Tom Van Daele. In Petter Hegre’s first U.S. art exhibit, Luba Nude Yoga, these images will be showcased for the public to see in print firsthand. Furthermore, Unknown Gallery will be including interactive displays, premiering these images intangible human form.
Opening reception is April 2nd, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and to RSVP for this unique event, click here.