Pro’s challenge Shoot the human form
Capture the human body from another angle and present it as a work of art
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?