Nature and the Female Form: The Photography of Daniel González (NSFW)

Nature and the Female Form: The Photography of Daniel González (NSFW)

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The work of Colombian photographer Daniel González combines unselfconsciously nude models and lush landscapes to present series that evoke a sense of untamed beauty and an almost religious reverence for the connection between the human form and the nature which surrounds it.

A particularly interesting set of black and white photographs presents itself almost as the documentation of a pagan ritual, as women quietly inhabit forests and streams, their bodies forming patterns across the frame.

 

In his latest work, González begins to focus less on the shapes the bodies of his models present, and more on their presence within a larger landscape. Often featuring a single model, his human subjects are dwarfed by their surroundings, appearing as a small detail in thick rows of plants.

 

More of González’ work can be found on his website.All images used with permission.

[via Feature Shoot]

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I'm not being difficult, but this genre of photography has never done anything for me.

Don't get me wrong, I like conceptual work. I also get something from photos of the nude human form (male and female) and even difficult to engage with landscapes. I don't usually have to have a personal interest in the work to understand why it engages others, either, but this... this leaves me cold, emotionally and intellectually. Honestly, I look at it at it does absolutely nothing for me, and it leaves me a bit dumbfounded to explain why and why others don't feel that way.

I am perfectly willing to admit that I simply don't "get" it (there is nothing that says every piece of art is for every audience member), but I don't usually have to get art to appreciate it on some level.

If anyone out there is a fan, I'd be more than willing to hear them out on what this genre (naked people in the woods) of photography does for them and how it can be appreciated.

I too felt the same...

same here

David Vaughn's picture

What!? Are you telling me that photos of naked, young white people being "vulnerable" in the forest don't titillate your artistic senses? :O

I agree. I enjoy some work like this (such as the color photo of the woman against the huge rock, which I think is visually beautiful) but at this point, much of this stuff is so contrived that I've lost interest in it before I've even seen the photos.

I'm sure I've seen some that are interesting, but these photos aren't particularly good. Looking at his website, it's not just these photos.

Same here. I also find this rather contrived and tiresome at this point. There's so much of this type of "emo" photography that it's mostly lost on me now, even though the odd example does engage with me now and then. However, in my opinion, these images aren't really that great to begin with.

I would like the second one (without the header image) if the body and the branches would look more like they're being one. The position of her arms destroys it a bit in my humble opinion. The last one would be much stronger if there would be just the woman in the front which is leaning against the tree without the other ones. The exhausted body leaning against the old rock solid tree would work for me, but the other women distract too much. Maybe it would work with the other ones if they would all go away ... leaving the exhausted one in the front back.
So I agree. Usually I'm very open for good nude photography, especially if it tells a story or involves some emotions, but these ones doesn't really touch me.

Nick E.'s picture

He has quite a good feeling for colour, but his composition is sub-par. So, his images lack tension.

scott corless's picture

I think the pics are the problem, not the theme. I was hoping for something interesting as I like landscapes and have seen amazing pics of the human body combined with them - sorely disappointed in this group presented here

Burt Johnson's picture

Glad to see that I was not the only one. These were images I would have probably deleted from my Lightroom catalog...

James Nedresky's picture

Although I am not personally intrigued by the work, many modern artist simply want to explore some of their thoughts, feelings and ways of seeing the world through their eyes, to ask questions rather than give answers. They create simply to express themselves while not necessarily wanting to entertain or identify with any viewer. It's personal art, exploring ritual and order within that which we have little control over. Often an odd sense of beauty as we would define it. In some ways, a bit surreal and haunting. Not everyone's cup of tea, but I still like to see an artist that pushes the boundaries of a visual medium, especially in our now oversaturated world of post produced idealized imagery.

I totally agree with this. To me there is nothing more boring than the beauty shots we see everywhere - a beautiful person in beautiful light can't touch me at all these days. So kudos that he's at least trying something different - these ones just doesn't work for me as a viewer.
But that being said perception is very subjective so it might work for some people and if it does work for him it's absolutely fine. Usually the photos that aren't loved by everyone are the more interesting ones.

You people just don't understand art when you see it