Leonardo Glauso’s “Private Nudes” – A Two-Faced Display of Sexuality

Naked twins. Naked roller-skaters. Naked contortionists. Naked beauty seen with a naked eye. Glauso’s muses are innocence’s turned voluptuously in guilt, sweet guilt.

Leonardo Glauso is a photographer, editor and founder of Resuer Magazine, currently based in Milan. Born in Florence, he started photographing about 7-8 years ago. He’s still in his twenties, but I think it’s safe to say he found his niche: fashion photography, with a dash of erotic promiscuity, and ambiguity, for that matter.

His works have so far been featured in international publications such as Schön!, GQ, S Magazine or Penthouse.

“Private Nudes” (c) Leonardo Glauso

Glauso’s new fashion photobook, simply named Private Nudes, is indubitably his artistic statement. His body of works has been accurately described as “a cross between a nude fashion shoot and private snapshots”, “stylishly independent” and “loaded with sensuality”. I would add a sweet spot for visual symmetry/mirroring and photo-leaking, at least as a reference.

“Private Nudes” (c) Leonardo Glauso

“Private Nudes” (c) Leonardo Glauso

“Private Nudes” (c) Leonardo Glauso

“Private Nudes” (c) Leonardo Glauso

In Private Nudes, the photographer experiments a fashion idea based on a clear intricate contradiction. He tries, and succeeds for the most part, to blend mild prudery and taboo avoidance with deliberate vulgarity and intentional, even jovial, eroticism. Glauso’s skills consist in capturing the bath of mixed feeling the models are swimming in. A, what I would call, a two sides of the same coin called erotica.

The artist suggests a general situation in which random girls are persuaded to pose until the very last moment when it’s too late to try changing minds on one hand, and the ostentatious sexual display, sexual embracement on the other hand. Picture this: the same girl you see outdoor in all her splendor, you meet again later on, posing in a shy manner, covering her parts, somewhere in a corner of an apartment.

“Private Nudes” (c) Leonardo Glauso

“Private Nudes” (c) Leonardo Glauso

“Private Nudes” (c) Leonardo Glauso

I see Leonardo Glauso’s Private Nudes as a rough stylish signature with inner glitches, flashes of purity and self-awareness, of “maybe I went too far-so-I should probably cool it down a bit” kind of attitude.

Private Nudes is available for pre-order on Amazon. Follow Leonardo Glauso on Instagram and visit his website for more.

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Romanian self-taught writer, based in Cyprus, interested in contemporary art, unconventional culture and gonzo journalism. Writing for almost a decade, he is agnostic, supports a censorship-free society and reads way less than he wants.

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