Drying Out in the Dark Valley
"Landscape Figures" Believable nudes in wild landscape
A major new exhibition, “Landscape Figures”
In 2011, the British Prime Minister catapulted professional landscape photographer, Glyn Davies, into the limelight after purchasing two of Glyn’s books as a personal gift for the Royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. What people did not know at this time is that Glyn had started working in his free time on a three year major project dealing with the subject of fragility and vulnerability of the naked human form in wild landscape.
The models are inexperienced volunteers from the general public, not photographic models, and they were asked to pose completely naked, all forms of protection removed, clothes, boots and equipment so that they became exposed physically and mentally to the elements, but sensually connected to the earth and nature. Glyn said, "I mostly wanted to place the exposed figures within bigger spaces but sometimes there was a need to place them in more intimate, closer landscapes"
"Although the nude is vital to the project and an integral element of the images, they are not really 'nude' photographs - they are landscapes, given a greater sense of scale, drama and power by the inclusion of the human form, a form which in some cases you will need to look hard to find!”