Pro’s chal­lenge Shoot the hu­man form

Cap­ture the hu­man body from an­other an­gle and present it as a work of art

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Pho­tog­ra­pher and artist Ri­natto L-bank started his project Phenomenol­ogy of the Hu­man Body to ex­plore the hu­man form and fea­tures from an­other view­point. “It’s where the con­scious­ness of forms and struc­tures is rep­re­sented in an­other di­men­sion,” he says.

You may think that you need a fancy stu­dio set-up and lots of light­ing to try some­thing sim­i­lar, but that’s not the case. Ri­natto has built up his col­lec­tion of im­ages by sim­ply us­ing what­ever kit and spa­ces he could get his hands on, and by not wor­ry­ing about ev­ery­thing be­ing com­pletely tech­ni­cally cor­rect. For one shoot Ri­natto used a green­screen stu­dio, which he ad­mits pro­duced a strange colour cast on the skin of his mod­els. “But it’s bet­ter than noth­ing,” he says – and it also al­lowed him to keep pro­gress­ing for­ward with his project.

To try some­thing sim­i­lar your­self, all you need is a model or mod­els, a back­drop and a cou­ple of light sources. LED lights are a great tool if the idea of flash­light feels over­whelm­ing. You want to cre­ate in­ten­tional shad­ows to fall over the face and other parts of the body to cre­ate these sur­real forms. You may find you need two or three lights to cap­ture the fi­nal ef­fect. Re­ally think about what you are show­ing and hid­ing, and how that ap­pears in the frame. The beauty of us­ing LED lights is you can in­stantly see the ef­fect and where the shad­ows are go­ing to fall.

Start­ing a project can al­ways seem daunt­ing, and Ri­natto ad­mits the be­gin­ning of any project is al­ways the most dif­fi­cult part. “For me to get started means lots of ex­per­i­ments and at­tempts to find some­thing new,” he says.

Con­tin­u­ally de­vel­op­ing as an artist and pho­tog­ra­pher is an­other im­por­tant el­e­ment to Ri­natto. “I try not to dwell on one pic­ture, but to con­tinue the story, and give more mean­ings by evolv­ing it.”

If photo ma­nip­u­la­tion also in­trigues you, you can al­ways push your ideas fur­ther at this point. Work on the con­cept of your piece, and see what you can come up with.

Above Strong light­ing, sim­ple back­drops and a sur­real out­look have led to a po­tent port­fo­lio from Ri­natto L-bank. How might you cap­ture the hu­man body in new and dis­tinct ways?

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