Before Photoshop, there was Paint. And before Paint, there was… paint. Master bodypainters Leonie Gené and Joerg Duesterwald teamed up with photographers Laila Pregizer and Uwe Schmida for a stunning series that hides humans in plain sight.
“Their work invites the viewer to see the human figure as a part of nature,” writes the Model Society. “These remarkable images encourage us to enjoy the curves, forms and subtleties of the nude body just as we would enjoy the graceful shape of a tree, the gentle rise of hill or the abrupt angles of a rock formation.”
Titled Metamorphosis, the series features nude models who have been painted to blend seamlessly with their surroundings. Colours and poses are painstakingly chosen, allowing the subjects to melt into the scenery without digital intervention of any kind. It’s easy to spot the models in some photos, but in others it’s close to impossible – they simply become extensions of the natural landscape.
Consider this a belated Earth Day reminder of how spectacular the planet can be.