[Pictures] Rolling Body Landscapes – A Unique Way To Shoot The Female Form

Allan I. Teger is a psychologist turned artist and photographer. This series titled 'Bodyscapes' explores the human form as a backdrop for creating beautiful landscapes that allow familiar scenes to play. The beauty in the series is the simplicity of the idea.

All of these images were taken with his Mamiya RB67 and either Tri-X or T-Max film.

About the series from the artist:

I created these images by placing toys and miniatures on the body and shooting the picture as a single exposure. I knew it was possible to produce multiple exposure images such as photo montages, but felt that if it were to appear real to the viewer, it had to actually be real at some level...with the figure and the body together at the same time. Furthermore, I didn't want to resort to camera or darkroom tricks as that would make the work less credible.

Over the years I have discovered that art can be fun and serious at the same time. I have always believed that in the end an artist needs to communicate to the viewer, and involve them in the work to complete the experience. I feel that my art is complete when a viewer reacts to it. I have enjoyed creating Bodyscapes® and I enjoy sharing them with others and seeing their response.

It is always fun and interesting to see people discover for the first time, that the landscapes that they were looking at were really human bodies. Some people never see it until their friends point it out to them. Some look at the whole collection and then ask me what I mean by "Bodyscapes"®, or ask me which mountains I photographed. It's hard to keep a straight face as they puzzle over the photographs - knowing they are missing something and looking for clues to the answer.

The Series: 

You can see more on his website http://www.bodyscapes.com/galleries.htm (not safe for work).


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David Teran's picture

this. is. awesome. 

Rodrigo De Anda's picture

Nice photos! I'll just have to disagree with you, that's not a "new" way to shoot female body form, I know some guys that have been working on that for YEARS, one is Ciuco Gutierrez from Spain, you can see some of his work here http://bit.ly/znkaDr ;) Those photos are, at least, 10 years old

Pratik Naik's picture

Thanks Mr. Anda! I had not known about his work prior, and have changed the title to reflect it.

Benicio Murray's picture

I remember them from waaaay back when. Some of the first photos I saw that made me go wow!

Nick Thomas's picture

Very cool pictures. Would love to try something like this!

J Esser's picture

Nice that it has been rediscovered, again. It has been around for as long as we have been photographing and before that in Silhouette art.

A similar type of photos was also done by a Czech photographer Petr Sládek ... He employed a winter theme, so a lots of "snow" and hand-made tiny models... you can check those here: http://bit.ly/Ay7l0n

Tim Woodard's picture

This is really cool!

Ghislain Leduc's picture

WOw, so original! It's giving me some ideas :) Tks for sharing!!!

Jeff Gelzinis's picture

I take issue with Teger's statement, "I didn’t want to resort to camera or darkroom tricks as that would make the work less credible."  What sort of "tricks" make a photograph less "credible"?  Does dragging the shutter somehow invalidate one's work?  What about stopping down for depth of field?  Correcting exposure in post?  Good thing he was shooting on film by gosh; there's all kinds of voodoo tricks going on in those new-fangled electric SLR's...

For that matter, what does "credible" mean anyway?  Sellable?  Believable?  Since he didn't use Photoshop, are we to believe there were real miniature people playing on a woman's body?  I really have no idea what he's talking about, nor do I believe his point holds any water.  Great pics though!

MahonriM's picture

"dragging the shutter"??? Do you mean using a slow shutter speed? If so, why not say it clearly.