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The human body, contorted into landscapes

Posted by Kevin Hartnett  August 8, 2013 09:49 AM

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Some artists render the human body using unlikely materials (like acorns), but British photographer Carl Warner works in the other direction: He uses the human body as a medium to depict the natural world. Warner has created a unique series of photographs called "Otherscapes," in which he positions well-toned human bodies so that the intertwined heads, shoulders, hands, and feet form evocative, empty landscapes. There is a slight "peekaboo" quality to Warner's look, which leaves you straining in some cases to figure out exactly which part of the body you are looking at. But the overall impression of his photographs is more interesting than that: The bodies create landscapes which look otherworldly, but also feel very personal, as if bodies were made to map the inside of our minds.

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Images courtesy of Carl Warner.

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