Jean Paul Bourdier is a professor of design, drawing, and photography in UC Berkeley’s architecture department, the production designer of seven films, and co-director of two films directed by Trinh T. Minh-ha. His work always concentrates on the beauty and geometry of the human body. In his collection of photographs entitled “Bodyscapes,” Bourdier combines landscape and flesh as canvas without the use of digital manipulation to create a visual union, with all of the images having been shot on site in analog photography.

Arising in each visual event conceived are the geometries generated by the body as a determinant of ‘negative space’—not the background of the figure and the field surrounding it, but the space that makes composition and framing possible in photography.  As an organizer of space, the body also serves as a primary measuring unit, by which one perceives and constructs one’s environment.  Such an approach can be linked to the practices of literally using the body as a first unit of measurement, which were not only common  to the building of vernacular architecture around the world but were also at work in the temples of India, Egypt and Greece, for example.’  Jean Paul Bourdier, quoted from designboom

Courtesy of Jean Paul Bourdier

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