by Kevin Rabida . August 28th, 2015
John Poppleton’s Black Light Bodyscapes combines his two passions, art and photography, to create an interesting juxtaposition between landscapes and the female body.
“I’ve always been in awe and wonder of the beauty found in nature. Inspired by the colors and textures found in sunsets. The excitement and anticipation of the next lightning strike with its thunderous heart pounding report. Majestic waterfalls to sublime mountain skylines with their reflections in the still lakes found beneath them. From the eerie allurement of the Northern Lights to the cosmic artistry seen throughout the universe,” says the artist in his website.
The project was a result of boredom. John was “stuck” in wedding photography for 20 years until one day, “black lights, the beauty of the human body, the world around me…unexpectedly collided.”
Using temporary fluorescent pigments, the artist painted luminous sunsets, lightning strikes, and cosmic landscapes. The models in modest poses are then photographed under black light. John describes it as a surreal experience.
“In a darkened studio, while painting with UV body paint under the illumination of the black light, I’m literally painting with light. From the artist’s perspective it becomes a very surreal even spiritual experience,” he said.
Check out John Poppleton’s painting and photography process below:
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Kevin is a reader first, a writer second, and a gamer somewhere in between. When not rooting for Tyrion Lannister for the Iron Throne, he's probably writing some morbid short story. He enjoys some surreal art, clever advertising campaigns, and a warm cup of coffee while reading Murakami.