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Lighting the Nude Female Form With Geometric Patterns & Shadows {NSFW}

By Hanssie on May 9th 2016

[Note NSFW: Images in this post contain nudity and may not be safe for work]

It’s been said ad nauseum that light in photography is everything; even more so when lighting the nude female form. Lighting for nude photography is an art in itself and is the key to truly exceptional images. The play of light and shadows against the curves and valleys of a female body can create mystery and seduction, and add depth and texture to an image. Throughout history, the nude female form has been a favorite among artists of all mediums, immortalized in paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photographs.

Lighting the Nude Female Form

To find something that hasn’t been done before would take quite a bit of creativity, and photographer Dani Olivier has found a way to do so with light. Eight years ago, the Paris-based photographer began experimenting with light projections, using a projector in a dark studio against the canvas of a female nude. Collaborating with dancers, Olivier lights their lithe bodies with geometric projections of light patterns, creating an abstract and experimental image, each different from the rest.

“A woman’s body is eternal. For ten thousand years, it has had the same curves, the same shape, the same rhythm and it is something to admire.”

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Lighting the Nude Female Form Without Using Photoshop

Olivier chooses to create the special effect in camera, without the use of Photoshop. His images are retouched with only slight tweaks to the contrast and black density in the background in post.

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Olivier has actually partnered with Swiss watchmaker, Corum, for a limited-edition line of watches that will be released early this summer, and he is also working on an exhibition with plans to include the male nude in future pieces. You can follow Dani Olivier’s recent work on his Facebook page here and see all of his work on his website here.

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CREDITS: Photographs by Dani Olivier are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

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About

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com. Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. raphail lasithiotakis

    Great ‘!!

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  2. Rob Ruttan

    They’re great, and the technique is original and well-executed. But I often think that in photography we have a pretty narrow range of bodies we photograph in any way that might be considered sensual; women, young, and slim. It’s a trope that should be questioned more.

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  3. Rory Isserow

    Very creative idea

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  4. Chris Gerrard Castro

    Wow, truly amazing.

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  5. Hagos Rush

    Amazing. Its provocative in a new way. Not sensual but rather form lighting (if that makes sense to you)

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  6. Paul Wynn

    Striking and unusual, certainly a different way to express the female form.

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  7. Bill Bentley

    Groovy.

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