Bodyscapes

Bodyscapes (or the way human body resembles a landscape) is a theme a lot of photographers explore. I feel sometimes that, with modern people living entirely in their heads and phones, everything below the neck becomes an abandoned territory. And yet, the more I watch dancers and other ‘physical’ people, the more I realise how much wisdom, memories and power our body has.

This quote by a great dance photographer Lois Greenfield probably expresses the idea of bodyscapes best:

“I discovered these perplexing forms within my photos of flowing movement. They are like ‘found objects’, resonating within their own ambiguities of scale, proportion and dynamics. In these bodyscapes, the human form becomes more simplified, yet more enigmatic.”

In this shoot a lot of things (as usual) happened by accident, although the very first photo was set up and ‘choreographed’. With some of the other ones, I just asked my friend to improvise and move, while trying to catch something interesting. I only discovered some of those shots afterwards, during post-production. They seemed to work well in a square format and it was fun to play with composition, trying to find the most confusing one, where the body shape or pose might not be instantly recognisable.

It was also nice to go back to my art school days of analysing and really seeing shadows, half-tones and light, in the process of almost ‘painting’ the photograph again to enhance texture or relief. Of course in art school we had to practice with jars and vases (human skull was the most difficult subject). Part of me still regrets not going further to study art and learning to draw a human body, but photography is a soothing substitute for this and a much more forgiving medium as well.

I will at some point go back to exploring bodyscapes (both male and female) in film format and perhaps in a bigger project.

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2 responses to “Bodyscapes”

  1. […] Only one of the six images I’ve entered into Por­trait and Mono­chrome sec­tion made it but it was a nice sur­prise since it was one of the black and white  bodyscapes and also a shot of my good friend (from this series we made ear­lier). […]

  2. Hi Nadia,

    How much do you charge for doing a B&W portrait.
    I work as a yoga teacher, & need a new one for my website.

    Christina.

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