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Body Portraits

“You define beauty for yourself, society doesn’t define your beauty” – Lady Gaga

These largely nude portraits are from a series of over fifty that I’ve created using an adapted document scanner as my camera and are the results of two years of experimentation. The technique allows for very high-resolution images of skin, fabric, hair, tattoos etc. that are slightly abstracted by their contact with the scanner glass. They have a sensitive and very painterly quality with an ‘old master’ style, chiaroscuro modeling of the body.

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Like my sculptural works, as well as being beautiful images, they protest against the pervasive body fascism that sickens our society. I have avoided image manipulation or airbrushing because I love the beauty of natural bodies, shown as the Gods intended.

These photographs explore the beauty, sexuality and humanity of my subjects. Many have a narrative and incorporate sexual imagery or religious symbolism, the inescapable topics of sex and death that define the human condition. It is an emphatically collaborative and intimate process in which I encourage my subjects to express themselves through their poses and use of their own props and clothes. The resulting images are honest, intimate and imbued with a strong sense of personality.

Each photo collage can take up to two hours to shoot, placing great physical demands on both me and the model as I move the scanner over their body like some strange artistic game of Twister. Subverting the blink-like speed of modern photography this process harks back to more primitive processes where the potential movement of the subject is all part of the game. Experimentally driven but with a keen aesthetic eye, these photographs are both beautiful and beautifully made.

All the images are produced as limited editions at three sizes (from life size museum pieces to smaller, more manageable sizes for the home) and are available framed or print only. I also take commissions for these portraits employing my unique style. See the purchasing FAQ and commissioning FAQ pages for more information. 

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