When it comes to nature, humanity should be seen and not heard—or heard and not seen—ideally, anyway. But we know that’s totally, absolutely, sincerely not the case. Humankind has treated Mother Nature like a factory worker, these last two centuries especially. We have blended into the serenity of our blue, green, and brown world as effortlessly as a drunk elephant in a flowerbed. Yet, we, or some portion of us, yearn for a new beginning, to take our mistakes, learn from them, and kick up another go at treating the planet with respect while utilizing its resources. We let daydreams get the best of us instead of action, wondering what it would look like for our species to be present without dominance, and body-painted models exemplify that perfect world in a beautiful photo series.
In a series called “Metamorphosis,” master body-painters Leonie Gené and Jörg Düesterwald partnered up with photographers Laila Pregizer and Uwe Schmida to put nude models in nature as nature. So they pose gracefully, more environment that person, and you notice the curves of the arresting human form as a comparative component of the natural landscape—the curve of a hip as smooth and durable as a river rock, a limb as slender and sturdy as a tree branch, the body as beautiful and lush of an offering as fruit.
See the astonishing work of “Metamorphosis” below.