jean paul bourdier: bodyscapes
jean paul bourdier: bodyscapes jean paul bourdier: bodyscapes
jul 31, 2012

jean paul bourdier: bodyscapes

‘red and blue interface’ by jean-paul bourdier as part of his ‘bodyscapes’ project

california-based photographer jean-paul bourdier has sent designboom images of his collection of photographs entitled ‘bodyscapes’, of which he is gathering funding for a book of 240 works titled ‘leap into the blue’ in a kickstarter campaign you can find here. bourdier concentrates on the beauty and geometry of the human body, combining landscape and flesh as a canvas to create a visual union, with all of the images having been shot on site in analog photography, without the use of digital manipulation.

he explains his understanding, motivation and expression of the human form behind his compositions:

‘arising in each visual event conceived are the geometries generated by the body as a determinant of ‘negative space’— not the background of the figure and the field surrounding it, but the space that makes composition and framing possible in photography. as an organizer of space, the body also serves as a primary measuring unit, by which one perceives and constructs one’s environment. such an approach can be linked to the practices of literally using the body as a first unit of measurement, which were not only common to the building of vernacular architecture around the world but were also at work in the temples of India, Egypt and Greece, for example.’

intersecting many disciplines – photography, sculpture, performance, dance, land art, body art, design and acrobatics – the artist creates and choreographs each vibrant piece with a strong philosophy directing each scene, using the medium of photography, known to capture the ‘real’, to achieve the seemingly impossible, with thoughtful and surreal outcomes:

‘in working with the bare and painted body, I am also working with the demands and challenges of a body-mind state that I call ‘not two—many twos’. for example, without clothes the body regains its undivided primary nature, being intricately part of the forces of the universe. one and many. the visual works I come up with are thus a continual experiment of how we physically, rhythmically relate to this universe from the specific, intimate bodyhouse.’

‘rather than being a mere recording of an encounter between event and photographer, the photograph is an event of its own: long prepared, and yet full of unexpected moments; a still manifestation of an encounter between desert light, body light and camera eye.’

the ‘bodyscapes’ project, to now be documented in a publication, establishes a clear and unadulterated reverence to something shared by all, creating corporeal experiences that extend beyond to that of the natural cosmos and defining the sometimes forgotten innate relationship with the two.

‘body of wind’

‘you and I’

‘twice one self’

‘the other side’


‘couple mirage’

‘boxed in’


‘one stroke mountain bow’

  • perfect

    yido says:
  • stunning

    dbkii says:
  • I do not often get totally stopped
    (perhaps because of living 6 decades….. and the fact that I demand a lot from what I look at !!!)
    these images and the totality of how the artist presented them
    the totality of one vision is something I will long remember
    thank you

    Paedra says:
  • I do not often get totally stopped
    (perhaps because of living 6 decades….. and the fact that I demand a lot from what I look at !!!)
    these images and the totality of how the artist presented them
    the totality of one vision is something I will long remember
    thank you

    Paedra says:
  • great effort

    TTK says:
  • great idea

    mohammad says:
  • very storm thorgerson-esque. nice work.

    Chip says:
  • burning man.

    jose m says:
  • the woman in the top image looks like a teletubby

    vincent says:
  • Very nice. Can we have many more of such creation.

    Ncky says:
  • nice

    Sense says:
  • Reminds me very much of Storm Thorgeson’s work on Pink Floyd’s “The Division Bell” album. Well done indeed…

    russb0214 says:
  • beautiful and so clever

    Seamus Murphy says:
  • great

    Dajana says:

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