I wanted to go on the other side of the camera to take the pictures that people never took of me.
French photographer Céline Andréa creates hypnotically erotic, provocative images of women. Using natural light, Andréa fuses lines and shapes with the contours of the female form, often partly obscuring the face and focusing on close-ups on the female body. The result is extremely intimate captures of femininity that make you feel as if you’re a voyeur to someone’s private moment.
Céline Andréa tells Penthouse she was working as a lingerie and nude model before she decided she decided to switch to photography “I wanted to go on the other side of the camera to take the pictures that people never took of me.”
“I take my best pictures when the model isn’t posing. I prefer the unexpected.”
The common theme that runs through her images, besides the fact that she consistently photographs some of the world’s most beautiful women, is her work strongly highlights femininity, amplifying the small details we often overlook when it comes to nude photography, and perhaps even sex. The womanly curve of a hip, the sensual arch of a back, the delicate beauty of collarbones, delicate lingerie tracing the curves and contours of the female form.
Andréa’s images have a natural feel to them that goes beyond the lighting. There’s no stagnant posing and her models rarely look at the camera. Generally, they are captured raw, in the moment.
Céline works with models and amateurs alike, with only one request. “I prefer models that have no limit and trust me 100 per cent.”
The young Parisian photographer says she faced resistance from male photographers in the field who had shot her as a model upon them finding out about her transition. “They looked down on me, but no one could have stopped me.”
Andréa says the biggest difficulty in her photography career has come from being censored and having work deleted on social media. “Censorship is a big problem for me,” she says. “I only show a part of my work there now.”
She lists her photographic inspirations as the work of Newton, Saul Leiter and Lucian Bor, with her favourite locations to shoot being “hotel rooms with soul, because I like their intimate side.” The clichés she avoids in her photography are “graffiti walls, boas and women associated with cars.”
When asked what Andréa had planned next she said, “Why not create my own lingerie brand?” Why not indeed.
See more of Céline Andrea on her website and on Instagram.