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Bodypainters Beautifully Blend Human Bodies into Nature

Using absolutely no Photoshop, bodypainters Leonie Gen and Joerg Duesterwald worked with photographers Laila Pregizer and Uwe Schmida in seamlessly integrating the human body into natural landscapes. Called Metamorphosis, the project blends naked models into everything from rock formations to curly trees, making them a beautiful extension of their environment. The body poses coupled with the artistic bodypainting magically make the models disappear into the background. The photographers are strict about not using any post processing. In fact, all pictures are taken on location and all models are painted right on the spot.

As the Model Society writes, “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.”

Metamorphosis has been released as calendars in 2011, 2012 and 2013, though the project started long before that. “Since mid 2008 we have been working on a joint project which consists of taking photographs of people in all four seasons in various natural settings whose bodies have been painted so that they integrate easily into the landscapes so much so that they almost become inseparable from nature and thus virtually disappear,” the photographers state on their website.

While in some photos it's easy to spot the models, in others it's close to impossible.

Metamorphosis website

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