Photographer and artist John Poppleton specializes in creating fantastical works of art painted directly on the human body. His Black Light Bodyscapes consist of gorgeous nature scenes painted with fluorescent pigments on the backs of female models, who are then photographed under black light to produce these extraordinary images. Featuring spectacular phenomena such as oceans during sunset, mountain ranges under moonlight, shimmering auroras, and even cosmic scenes of stars and galaxies, the body paintings are all stunning to behold.
Poppleton’s bodyscapes combine the beauty of the female form with the the splendor of the natural world. He incorporates the curves and shapes of the models into his paintings, making a strong allusion to the feminine essence of Mother Nature on their bodies. In some paintings, the canvas is stretches beyond the back of the model, often extending to face, arms, legs, and feet. In others, Poppleton even uses two female bodies to create one painting, with the landscape transitioning seamlessly from one woman to the other. In one bodyscape, the artist even uses the model’s hair as the beginning of a waterfall, her luminescent strands flowing smoothly into the white torrents of water. Blending elegance and grandeur, the fluorescent paintings embody the exquisite beauty of the universe.