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Luca Meneghel + Norma Nardi Collaborate Again on Illustrated Portraits in Calypso Series

By Tanya Goodall Smith on August 7th 2014

Italian Photographer Luca Meneghel recently released a new collaboration with artist Norma Nardi. The duo has produced several series of creative portraits merging photography and illustration. The new series entitled Calypso, features a woman who likes to show and hide herself at the same time. She is nude, yet dressed in impalpable gowns. She is magnetic, and mysterious.

photo: Luca Meneghel | drawings: Norma Nardi | make up and hair: Sabine Gutwenger | stylist: Erin Fox | model: Sabrina Delazer @Sam Models | assistant: Melani de Luca







In my recent article 100 WAYS TO BE A MORE CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHER, items on the list included collaborating with other creatives, studying the human form and getting your hands dirty (just to name a few). I think Meneghel has nailed all three of these. What could happen if you teamed up with another talented artist? What kind of new look could you create? What message could you deliver?

I love the soft look of the painted gown overlays and the subtle hints of the nude female form in these images. The lighting is very nice as well. For tips and tricks on shooting with natural light, check out our Natural Light Couples DVD Workshop.

I do wish they had mixed up the location or backdrop a little. I think that would have added some nice variety.

Check out Meneghel’s previous feature, TRENDS: MODELS WITH ILLUSTRATED WARDROBES (NSFW) and his website.

CREDITS: All photographs shared by Luca Meneghel are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

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Tanya Goodall Smith is the owner, brand strategist and commercial photographer at WorkStory Corporate Photography in Spokane, Washington. WorkStory creates visual communications that make your brand irresistible to your target market. Join the stock photo rebellion at

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Graham Curran

    I don’t think that me taking self portraits in my boxers would have the same allure.

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  2. Michael Moe

    stunning images!

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  3. Clare Havill

    Beautiful and very delicate.

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  4. Jesse Rinka

    Awesome idea and solid execution. Great article

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  5. Greg Faulkner

    Great set of images. A well executed great idea :)

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  6. Valentin Zwick

    now these are really beautiful shots!

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