About me

Hi, I’m Adriyana Hodge and
I’m a “Nude Art” photographer.

Totally fascinated with human body expressions since a young age, I am finally able to capture the same through the art of my nude photography. People were always noticing my height and posture and used to comment that I should be a model. But at the time my free spirit took me on other adventures of life, until recently when I started modeling for various local and foreign photographers. I had so much fun doing it and exploring the possibilities, from both perspectives of model and photographer. It fulfilled me more than a night out. As I gained more self-confidence posing and learning what works and what doesn’t, the waterfall of ideas started flowing. I was also taking random photographs, and discovered that I have a natural eye, but at the time I didn’t know where I was going with it all. Thanks to the lockdown (of which I’ve spent 6 months in South Africa with my family, who on my return, came back to Lanzarote with me), I suddenly had so much time on my hands and I knew exactly what I was going to do with it. I was on a photo shooting mission and on the way to create my first of many projects, which I named Body Poetry. I believe that there is poetry in every body expression. 

 

I was born and bred in Croatia where I had one absolutely amazing and enriched childhood. As a child I travelled with my parents all around the Adriatic coastline from where my name also originates. But at the beginning of a war in former Yugoslavia, my family and my boyfriend at the time, immigrated to South Africa where I married, had two children and eventually divorced. South Africa is one of the most beautiful countries in the world but unfortunately it is full of crime, violence and cruelty. One has to be sharp minded and street wise in order to succeed or even survive. Being a single mom of two I had no choice but to develop these traits. Second to my family, faith and spirituality were my pillars of choice. Giving up was not an option. I have gained various business skills over there which helped me establish my independence and the ability to support myself and my family. The twenty-two years spent in South Africa were tough but also, spiritually, very rewarding. Eventually I’ve met an Englishman whom I married and we moved to Portsmouth UK to be near to his family. I didn't understand a word they were saying at first but it was a new life adventure for me and my girls. We loved summers but hated winters. We needed the sunshine and I wanted us to move back to South Africa or somewhere where there is sunshine all year round. After we separated, I moved to Lanzarote where my girls had already relocated and we are still here today. During the lockdown I have also brought my mom, my sister and her two little girls from South Africa. I feel joyous and fulfilled today, living within my loving family of seven. Although chaotic at times, we never fail to give support to each other in everything that we do .. or don’t do! Many friends on the island refer to us as a wolf pack. Funny enough, a prefix of our family surname translates to a “little wolf” in Croatian.

 

Living on the island of Lanzarote has inspired me to capture both unique places around the island as well as the unseen emotions throughout the human body. The vibrant colors, unusual landscapes and rough texture of the island supporting the delicate skin, unseen emotions and internal power of a person gives me realization of my vision. The exact perception of somebody, is what I want to capture and show them how they shine. It gives me the greatest pleasure to see the instant transformation of an individual and the building up, or addition to, their self-esteem and self-confidence. They, themselves, are able to see their own spirit through my photographs and are often in awe. After all, our body is the only object we really fully possess. I have been blessed to discover how many people are blown away with my photography and how many can see the same magic in them as I do. I was not expecting them to appreciate my visions to that extent. Secret Places of Lanzarote is proving to be my most successful expo so far. It is so delightful to find something I can enjoy doing for years to come and I am happy to share it with the world.

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