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Frank Verbreyt is an emerging artist focusing on digital and model photography, currently based in Side, Turkey.
As a photographer, he creates work for visual enjoyment that highlights the beauty in nature and the human body. His preferred photographic equipment is a Canon 5D with 85, 100macro, 15-30, 24-105, and 100-400mm lenses.
As a child, Frank Verbreyt grew up in Flanders, Belgium where he also received a university degree. It was not until 2015 that he became involved in model photography and pursued it as a profession. His initial involvement started as an “accident,” and would eventually turn into a career for him. However, Frank had always been interested in photography from childhood.
In 2018, he relocated to the south coast of Turkey, where his current location allows him to explore the country’s archeological and natural sites. His nude photography often finds inspiration from his natural surroundings. Furthermore, the magnificent scenery allows him to tell stories through his images—images that highlight the beauty of the nude form.
Over the years Frank Verbreyt steadily developed and grew his craft by having multiple shoots in rented studios. Though he started shooting indoors, he quickly changed to working outside. As a photographer, he enjoys shooting in nature and often finds himself being influenced by the many variables present—such as unpredictable and varied weather conditions—that a controlled indoor studio environment cannot replicate. For example, one of his favourite projects was a photo shoot on a huge salt lake located in Turkey with perfect weather conditions. However, shooting outdoors brings its challenges, often facing obstacles when creating his nude art outdoor photo shoots in a muslim country. Aware that public nudity is not always welcomed, he believes it is important to capture his artistic vision out in the open, but also indoors in studio conditions.
Frank Verbreyt strives to achieve complex storytelling through his images. The creation of nude portraiture brings out the unique personality of a model. Even though he considers personality a difficult trait to capture, when compared to the raw beauty of the human body, he challenges himself to capture it on film. His images highlight the aesthetics of the naked female body, often juxtaposed against vast and ethereal landscape scenes, and the personality of the models comes through their relaxed and agile posing.
Though Verbreyt considers himself an emerging photographer, his images Sunset Ballet and Dreaming Light, were a freedom category finalist in the 2019 Nude Photo Shoot Awards. In addition, his participation in several photography workshops allows him to further develop his techniques and continue learning about his craft. Attending workshops gave him the opportunity to learn from award-winning visual artist and Austrian photographer, Joachim Bergauer.
Frank Verbreyt’s future aspirations are to continue creating nude art and doing more and more landscape photography, Turkey lends itself beautifully for that.