Kava Gorna’s Best of 2016 (NSFW)

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Polish-born fashion photographer Kava Gorna has an impressive and lengthy list of satisfied clients, but her favorite shots of 2016 encapsulate her personal work, which gravitates towards the natural and intimate, focusing on the naked female body. She captures feminine curves and soft skin with a quiet and careful elegance, evoking a level of relaxed comfort and unposed authenticity that is rare in nude portraits. Gorna’s photos are touchingly and unexpectedly intimate, a breath of fresh mountain air, honoring the vulnerability and beauty of the female form without any objectification or exploitation.

Her images remind me of the unparalleled high of feeling at home in your own skin, how being naked, especially in nature, feeds you all the way down to your soul. She has a careful eye for detail, and lets the power of the moment sneak up on you. Her photos underline the strength of vulnerability, and push us to embrace ourselves with the same uninhibited sense of self-fulfilling intimacy.

Most of her work centers around women and flowers, playing with masculine and feminine tropes, looking for the truth and beauty hidden beneath society’s ever-present gaze. Her favorite shots of 2016 feature some of our favorite babes frolicking freely and playfully in nature, radiating with a lust for life and natural confidence. It all feels plucked from a rose-colored, soft-edged, Sofia Coppola-inspired daydream, and believe us when we say we don’t want to wake up.

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