The importance of the body in the shots of Anouk Brouwer

The importance of the body in the shots of Anouk Brouwer

Giulia Guido · 2 years ago · Photography

The only universal language is that of the body. If a person tells us in a language we don’t know that they’re sad, we’re not able to, but if they’re crying we immediately understand their mood. 
Our body is a very powerful means to convey thoughts, emotions and feelings, we just need to know how to use it. Anouk Brouwer certainly knows how to do it, and her photographs are undeniable proof of this. 

Anouk Brouwer was born in 1993 in the Netherlands and after years of studies that took her around the world, from The New York Film Academy to The Amsterdam Fashion Institute & Ryerson School of Fashion, today she lives and works in Tokyo. 
Her degrees in acting and fashion, combined with her constant search for ways to express herself, have led her to shoot images in which the performance of the body becomes pure art. 

– Read also: Geometries of the body in Lin Yung Cheng’s shots

In her series “Irrationality“, inspired by the story of two artists who fall in love despite speaking two different languages, we find this use of the human body perfectly. The bodies of Solène and Lin touch each other, brush against each other, interlock in a game that needs no words. 

But Anouk Brouwer’s work does not end with photography. A year ago, in fact, she made her first short film, entitled “Body Language” in which the protagonist expresses her values and feelings only through her movements. 

Check out “Body Language” below and follow Anouk Brouwer on Instagram so you don’t miss out on her upcoming work!

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Oswaldo Cepeda’s dreamlike and surreal portraits

Oswaldo Cepeda’s dreamlike and surreal portraits

Giulia Guido · 2 years ago · Photography

MoodyDarkRoom, the name Oswaldo Cepeda chose for his Instagram profile couldn’t be more perfect. 
Oswaldo Cepeda is a young photographer from San Diego, California, who started shooting to vent and convey his emotions without necessarily having to use words. 

Then, over time, his style got sharper and sharper and now he specializes in portraits. Forget, however, the classic portraits, where the natural light hits the facial features, those of Oswaldo are, as he defines, moody portraits.

Oswaldo Cepeda plays with the camera and post-production, creating special light effects: the moving bodies of his protagonists draw lines on the dark backgrounds and, sometimes, we recognize only a detail, part of the face or a hand. His portraits are mysterious and the subjects are as important as the technique. 

– Read also: The cinematographic shots of Oliver Takác

But that’s not all, often looking at the work of many photographers we would like to learn more and discover all their secrets, with those of Oswaldo Cepeda it’s possible. The photographer has, in fact, a YouTube channel where he explains techniques and choices, go take a look and follow him on Instagram!   

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Erotic Photography, Leonardo Glauso’s latest book

Erotic Photography, Leonardo Glauso’s latest book

Giulia Guido · 2 years ago · Photography

Sensual and passionate, as beautiful as the girls they portray and in black and white, are the shots of Leonardo Glauso collected in his latest book “Erotic Photography“. 

Leonardo was born and in 1989 in Florence, a city that after all his travels and transfers saw him return. In fact, after working in Milan and in the most important European cities he now lives and works in his hometown. After graduating in Graphic Design he decided to dedicate himself entirely to photography, continuing his studies at the International School of Photography in Florence. 

Over time he specialized in artistic and fashion nude photography and today he has several collaborations with national and international names such as GQ, Icon EL PAÍS, Schön! Magazine and many others. 

His latest book, Erotic Photography, is focused on artistic nudes and comes after five other noteworthy publications such as Naked Girls, Private Nudes, Model Casting, Women in Film and Nude Book

Erotic Photography is a collection of shots all strictly in black and white that reveal the covers of the protagonist girls as if they were marble sculptures. The play of light and shadow, which sometimes reveals and sometimes hides, emphasizes the lines and shapes of the models, the only real element of the photographs. No disturbing elements, no-frills, nothing distracts us from the sensual, pure and intimate beauty of the bodies. 

You can buy Erotic Photography at this link if you are curious to find out more about Leonardo Glauso go visit his site.

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Magnetic photographs by Henri Prestes

Magnetic photographs by Henri Prestes

Collater.al Contributors · 2 years ago · Photography

It happens that the head feels heavy at night, full of ideas and messy thoughts; that sleep is late to come or never does. When this happens, you try to go out despite the dark, cold or bad weather. The need for fresh air increases and the night silence attracts us, so we enter in the shadow of places that seem to be changed as the light changes. They look different, no longer familiar or immune to change as we thought they were. This type of suggestion is the fil rouge that links Henri Prestes’ images, Portuguese and cinematic photography artist: an immersive, emotional and sometimes surreal storytelling

hen you’re able to create something capable of touching the exposed nerves of the observer, you can arouse turbulent emotions: in front of these works, there are those who feel shaken, disturbed and those who feel enchanted or finally understood. It’s not the photographs that are aggressive or fascinating: it is us, it’s the feeling with which we decide o fill the atmosphere evoked by Henri Prestes.

Spontaneously, we empathize.

We take part in the scene represented, worthy of a film, and, observing it carefully, we can also take out the soundtrack. 

– Read also: Andreas Levers and the mystery of the city at night

Suspended in the mystery of the represented landscapes, we wander, as the characters who inhabit these photographs do. In the Perfect Darkness collection, in particular, the sense of suspension is accentuated by the aquamarine palette, letting the introspection take over.

Rarely, however, our gaze is left to itself. We are often accompanied by a human presence – even if at times it appears alien -, or by a light, perhaps faint, maybe distant, but existing. This company can be an additional element of anxiety as well as heartening and, once again, it depends on us and our subconscious. 

We’re talking about art, so much that it’s difficult to distinguish these images from photographs to paintings. We are called to an emotional intimacy that we are not used to having, but that we can train and research in the Instagram feed of Henri Prestes, or on his website

Article by Cobie

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“Bodies, landscapes and desire”, photography by Emma Hartvig

“Bodies, landscapes and desire”, photography by Emma Hartvig

Giulia Guido · 2 years ago · Photography

A body is not just a body, it is a perfect form, it is a sculpture capable of moving and mutating, and Swedish photographer Emma Hartvig knows this well. In her works, the human element is never missing, but what differentiates her from many of her colleagues is her approach to the subject. The naked bodies are treated like real works of art, captured in positions that allow you to appreciate their shapes and lines as if they were landscapes. 

The latter represent another recurring subject in Emma Hartvig’s photography, the natural element is often flanked by the human one, as in the photographic series “Bodies, landscapes and desire“.

Emma Hartvig proposes a series of delicate and intimate shots that manage to create a relationship between places, from forests to cliffs, focusing on the shapes of trees, rocks, landscape, and bodies. 

These are peaceful shots, in which quietness dominates and in which we silently immerse ourselves. 

To discover the other works of Emma Hartvig visit her website and her Instagram profile

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