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Nudes - The Baltic Sea No. 3

Black & White Photography
Heidi Vogel

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Heidi Vogel describes the haunting images from her series "Nudes-The Baltic Sea":

“In 1989 we lived in the GDR and the only ocean we had access to was the Baltic Sea, which is a very cold region. In the distance while we were taking this photo there was a ferry far away on the right side, which runs between Saßnitz (isle of Rugen, GDR) and Gedser (Danmark). Normal GDR citizens were not allowed to use it, we were very angry watching the ferry as it pulled away. Our freedom was severely restricted, and we were only allowed to travel within the limits of the Eastern Bloc. These nude images were taken in very chilly weather. The model wrapped herself in a plastic package tube, so for her it was warmer, and we had a nice effect for the pictures.”

The East German border extended along the Baltic coast and was dubbed the “blue border”. The GDR enforced a number of security measures along the Baltic coastline to deter escape attempts. Camping and access to boats was severely limited and 27 watchtowers were constructed along the coastline. If an escape attempt was detected, high speed patrol boats would stop the fugitives and armed patrols would monitor the beaches. The Baltic Sea proved to be a very dangerous escape route and it is estimated that at least 189 people died attempting to escape via the Baltic.


  • Limited Edition
  • Black & White Photograph
  • Printed on Archival 100% Rag
  • Content Paper
  • Includes White Archival Mat
  • with Black Wood Frame
  • Print Signed & Numbered
  • by the Artist
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  • GICLEE Prints
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  • 18in H x 12.6in W
  • 45.7cm H x 32cm W
  • With Frame - Full Dimensions
  • 24in H x 19in W
  • 61cm H x 48.3cm W
Nudes - The Baltic Sea No. 3

Heidi Vogel


Heidi Vogel explains, “My biggest pleasure is taking pictures of nature. Here, you can find all kinds of colors and shapes in never ending combinations. My basic principle: Art is not what you include but what you exclude.”

Heidi was raised in Leipzig, Germany where she completed an apprenticeship for photography and attended the University in Leipzig where she studied photography. Her experiences have been very broad and include typographic work, including greeting cards and book projects which were produced in 1970-80. Her career continued with the creation of several book projects and exhibitions in the 1990’s. Heidi currently shares her time between Leipzig and Berlin where she lives with her photographer husband, Norbert Vogel.

LEARN MORE…Artist’s Selected Exhibition History

Nudes - The Baltic Sea No. 3


While visiting Heidi and Norbert Vogel in Germany we traveled to Dessau to tour the Bauhaus Homes and School. As the lead architect, Walter Gropius’ intentions were to combine a private home with a place of work and the group stood for a “modern way of living”. This was realized in little more than six years from 1926 to 1932/33 and has become a monument to Bauhaus architecture. According to the Polish poet Tadeusz Pieper who visited the homes in 1927, “Their walls form a white light, surrounded by the green light of the lawns and trees. Flat roofs – a horizontal line – press them to the ground. Windows search for light where they can. Projections catch the shadows. Platforms and terraces deliver air and warmth. I saw the new architecture for the first time, not as an illustration, but in its entire inspiring existence.”

We are pleased to present the photography of Heidi and Norbert Vogel, who proudly share their inspiration and historic accounts of Germany through their art.

Nudes - The Baltic Sea No. 3


Designing a bedroom space that is both aesthetically pleasing and comfortable is a challenging goal. The classic, clean lines of a down comforter and duvet in a basic color pattern can combine to create a design statement. However, comfort is also another factor. A suggestion offered from Germany, also found in Austria, Netherlands and Sweden, is fitting a double bed with two separate duvets vs. one large duvet or blanket.

People have descibed these options favorably “my wife gets a thicker duvet, because she is always cold at night, and I get a lighter one because I am always hot”. And “no more stealing the covers”. Many Germans also have summer and winter weight duvets. And if you are adventurous, consider the next step which is also common in Germany, no top sheet!

Why not give it a try…