Monday, August 5, 2013

Living and Breathing Landscapes

Valley of the Reclining Woman
From "Pectoral Dunes" to "Shin Knee Valley," photographer Carl Warner uses the human body as his medium to sculpt breathtaking — and living — landscapes.

The Cave of Abdo-men
Warner is known for creating fascinating landscapes out of unique objects. He's perhaps best known for his "Foodscapes" series.

Shoulder Hill Valley
The London-based photographer shoots all the bodies in a studio, focusing on one individual at a time. The images are then later pieced together in Photoshop.

Elbow Point
Carl began his career by initially studying to become an illustrator, but he quickly discovered found his talents were better suited for photography, a medium he found faster and more exciting.

Pectoral Dunes
After becoming a successful advertising photographer throughout the '80s and '90s, Warner was feeling creatively unfulfilled. While searching for a something different to do with his talents, inspiration struck in the form of a portabello mushroom he saw at a grocery store. He took them back to his studio and shot his first "foodscape" — "The Mushroom Savannah."

The Desert of Sleeping Men
Some of these human-based landscapes were based on real-world landscapes, such as Utah's Double Arch Arches National Park.

Shin Knee Valley
Other authors who've used the naked body in a similar fashion include Arno Rafael Minkkinen and Spencer Tunick, but be if careful viewing those links at work — some of their subjects show more than just shins and knees.

Twin Peaks
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Water Skier
As a psychology professor, photographer Allan Teger wanted to show how two realities could coexist through art, so in 1976, he stepped behind the camera and merged the nude body with landscapes to create his sensual and often humorous universe. We chatted with Teger on the difficulties of shooting nudes, how he handles criticism and why his work has very little to do with sex.

Tube Riders
"Many of my images now begin the same way — by finding a small toy or miniature first, and finding a place on the body where I can use it to create a landscape. Sometimes the process works in reverse — I have an idea for a bodyscape and have to go in search of the perfect miniature to create the scene."

Stork with Baby
"Mothers would often drag their children away from my display, trying to protect the child from such a sight. Now, more often, they tend to bring their children up to the photographs and help the child find the body in the picture."
Allan Teger, "Bodyscapes"

"Not everyone will like the work — not everyone should. If an artist tries to please everyone, he has missed the point of being an artist. My work is not about sex, simply because there are nudes in my work. If people react to the work as though I am just trying to be sensational by showing the nude body, they have missed the point of the work."
Allan Teger, "Bodyscapes"

"The most beautiful models, I find, are the most insecure, never satisfied with their bodies, no matter how perfect they may be."
Allan Teger, "Bodyscapes"tion

Ranch Hands
"In recent years I have also been working with my son, Carl Teger, of Tracer Graphix in Los Angeles, to produce a series of lenticular bodyscape images, where the objects move across the image as the viewer walks past. For example, a motorcycle is seen moving out from between the breasts and traveling down across the stomach."
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