I once had a model with whom I had a very unusual relationship. She was very quiet, yet unusually honest, and unafraid within herself. I admired her beauty of course, but I also deeply admired her self-assurance. Over the period of a couple weeks, we had several meetings of an entirely non-sexual nature in preparation for a photoshoot. As one of these meetings came to a close, she asked if I would mind stepping out of the room while she changed. She was planning to go out that night. I told her I'd honestly rather stay and watch her get undressed. Without batting an eye she said simply, okay, and without a trace of self-consciousness proceeded to strip naked and then casually dressed herself for her night out. I was thrilled, with my own honesty with her, with her unquestioning trust in my character, and with the rewarding sight of her remarkable beauty.
It never occurred to me at the time that the right man could make a career of exactly this kind of unusually rare intimacy between a man and a woman who are not lovers. Internationally renowned photographer Petter Hegre is that man.
Awarded International Erotic Photographer of the Year, Petter is a rare an unusual kind of image maker, a man who lives his art, a man of almost legendary prowess when it comes to getting beautiful young models to open up and share themselves and their beauty with him. I believe Petter is in reality a living Satyr, the mythological half-man, half-goat of the Greeks, sexually irresistable to women, infinitely playful and endlessly yet innocently corruptive, always able to show women, and the rest of us mortals that it's always fun - and good - to merge sexuality with the mysterious profundity of being.
We are proud to have a gallery of some of Petter's best images of erotic intimacy this month.