the nude body as a landscape for miniature scenes by allan teger
 
the nude body as a landscape for miniature scenes by allan teger
aug 05, 2012

the nude body as a landscape for miniature scenes by allan teger

‘fore!’ by allan teger as part of the bodyscapes® photographic series

self-taught american photographer allan teger has sent designboom new images from his body of work ‘bodyscapes®’, with a series of black and white photographs depicting miniature scenes on the nude body mimicking various landscapes. the images are not double exposures and uses no digital manipulation, only small scale figures arranged on the naked form to illustrate predominantly outdoor activities, where a belly-button may act as a lake or a sculpted derrière as a mountain.

teger was initially trained as a psychologist, with the bodyscapes® concept evolving from his teaching as an academic counselor. teger would lecture readings on tao te ching, the bhagavad-gita, books by ram Dass, carl rogers, huxley, watts and others. the notions of altered realities, subjective reality, and mystical consciousness became part of his artistic understanding.

teger describes the development of his work:

‘I remember the moment that the idea for bodyscapes® came to me. I was thinking that the shape and structure of the universe repeated itself at every level and suddenly I had the image in my mind of a skier going down a breast. this was it – the universe repeating its shapes – a body looking like a mountain. it was also an example of two realities coexisting. the picture could be seen as a landscape and it could also be seen as a body. although they were different, both perceptions were right at the same time. I knew instantly that I had an entire series of images waiting to be captured on film.’

the ongoing project started in 1976, with the set updated regularly to this day, most are shot with a medium format mamiya RB67 and either tri-X or t-max film. the regular edition bodyscapes® are printed on ilford multigrade paper, and the collector’s edition is printed on agfa classic 118 fiber paper. teger also has a book of the pieces due out in september from schiffer publishing.

the nude body as a landscape for miniature scenes by allan teger ‘sailboat couple’

the nude body as a landscape for miniature scenes by allan teger ‘sailing’

the nude body as a landscape for miniature scenes by allan teger ‘tubes’

the nude body as a landscape for miniature scenes by allan teger ‘shark’

the nude body as a landscape for miniature scenes by allan teger ‘two riders’

the nude body as a landscape for miniature scenes by allan teger ‘train’

the nude body as a landscape for miniature scenes by allan teger ‘diver’

the nude body as a landscape for miniature scenes by allan teger ‘lovers’

the nude body as a landscape for miniature scenes by allan teger ‘golfing the rough’

the nude body as a landscape for miniature scenes by allan teger ‘dolphins’

the nude body as a landscape for miniature scenes by allan teger

the nude body as a landscape for miniature scenes by allan teger ‘fishing’

the nude body as a landscape for miniature scenes by allan teger ‘bikes’

the nude body as a landscape for miniature scenes by allan teger ‘high wire’

  • LOL

    MATHI says:
  • O come on – you must be above this kind of soft porn – juvenile

    Colin Davies says:
  • this is so bad

    weed says:
  • Maxime

    Antoni says:
  • so well executed, beautiful use of the human body

    straightup says:
  • remarkably poor job…I don\’t get why you would feature such a horribly cheap and gimmicky project – and no, it\’s not well executed, it\’s not able to transform the human body to a landscape at all…

    Isaac says:
  • so cool!

    Sara says:
  • Boffoli did it wááááááy better!

    cj says:
  • PLEASE – the more I think about this the more offensive and puerile it is – take it down. Embarrassing that a site I follow puts up this juvelalia for boys!

    Colin Davies [email protected] says:
  • juvenilia !!!

    Colin Davies says:
  • taken by a pretentious, heterosexual, adolescent boy i presume?

    karien says:
  • kitsch

    michael says:
  • Celebrating the human form is not offensive. Period.

    Ferra says:
  • magnifique!!

    wow says:
  • you love it, or hate it, i love it !!!

    Frank says:
  • sexi, perv, LOL

    pelis says:
  • a penis as a diving board? balls as a boulder shading some guys on a picnic? lips of vagina as the grand canyon! it just gets boring

    Aj says:
  • Fantástico!! Realmente genial, muy creativo! El cuerpo humano es demasiado bello, pero para cuando una sesión de fotos de un cuerpo masculino???

    Pi says:
  • cutenesses)))

    crows says:
  • A project that’s been going since 1976, that’s quite amazing read the actual article. Maybe then you would see the reasoning behind the work. The artist was initially trained as a psychologist, and has much more to say than plain nudity, (which in my opinion, is not so bad as it is). Taking a moment to understand the work before being juvenile an intolerant is pretty valuable.

    JF says:
  • I actually quite like that it’s in black and white, gives it integrity. Tick from me.

    Jasper says:
  • I like this; especially, the golfer in the grass. As an artist I have embedded the human form in landscape paintings to provide subsconsciously familiar comforting curves. This work reminds me of the child in all of us who, while very young, walks the doll or pushes the truck over mom\’s body. Of course, when we are older we don\’t remember we did it.

    Meticularius says:
  • It’s not ‘just some boy’s art porn’ as some people seem to claim. That said, there is precisely one image with any hair present at all, and limited variety in the forms presented. To support this as a thorough exploration of “The Nude Body as a Landscape” (for anything at all) would be difficult.

    Hurkyll says:
  • awsome

    murah says:
  • Wonderfully done. Not trite, and I do not understand all the negative comments. This is new and fresh…and playful…but also artfully taken photos. Less is more…and this really works. I do not see “porn” …just because a human figure is utilized in a photo….ridiculous comments.

    Mary A says:
  • Nothing new about this..
    look at slinkachu and many more

    Estijn says:
  • If you think this is any kind of porn, you clearly haven’t spent enough time on the internet.

    ph says:
  • nice to see something here that is nothing but fun (& satire 2?) – the duffer is priceless

    also delighted to see this offended so many people

    dbkii says:
  • vERy CriAtivE…VeRY-vEry GooD! : D

    dhcf says:
  • lol, it ranked #1 in terms of number of views

    I mispoke earlier – that’s not a duffer, its a muffer

    dbkii says:
  • “‘I remember the moment that the idea for bodyscapes® came to me.” I was playing with tiny toys and looking at a smoking hot naked ladies and voila! If I put my tiny toys on the naked ladies, that would be really fun. Then I take photos, draft up some self-indulgent drivel and call it art. Next up, we’re staging miniature kayaker’s on a penises racing across a bathtub. Then we include a very deep explanation on the juxtaposition of miniature rowers, penises and a bathtub….

    eli 41133 says:
  • They look like pictures of Michal Jedrad ?

    TATTOO-LY says:
  • c o o o o o o o o l ! i worship women body, i hope live on that for ever:p

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