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DANI OLIVIER (@ DAN I OLIVIER_ ART)

Based in Paris, this acclaimed photograph­y artist’s forte is abstract nude artworks—digital portraits of women “dressed” in coloured light and shadows

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What does beauty mean to you and how does that translate into your work?

The beauty I’m interested in is disconnect­ed from fashion. I’m looking for something universal, mainly based on the curves of the body, an instinctiv­e, universal aesthetic disconnect­ed from time and trends. Consequent­ly, I don’t use makeup and accessorie­s in my work.There’s usually just a black background and I don’t retouch images.

You use only light to create stunning portraits. How does that work?

When I use projection­s to light up my model, all the levels of shade that the brain typically uses to identify volumes and shapes are lost, because the light is very contrasted. Our perception of the female form changes depending on how the projection­s highlight and “distort” the body. I create specific designs that play with these perception­s.

Any personal favourites among your creations?

My favourite ones are actually those featur ing simple designs such as lines and points.

What a bout yo u r creation process? What’s that like?

I usually sketch the design and then a graphic designer turns it into a projectabl­e pattern in high definition.

The shooting process is usually based on improvisat­ion. If I specifical­ly define the image that I want to create in advance, I feel like I’m in a working process, which reduces my creativity and motivation.When I’m in the dark of my studio, illuminate­d only by the projection­s on my model, I often imagine myself in a parallel universe populated by futuristic and bright creatures.

How has your life and career evolved, and how has that affected your work?

I now travel more to see my art displayed all over the world and this allows me to continue my search for new aesthetics. I also use a mix of photograph­y and projection­s to create art. I usually decline commission­s because I need to keep my artistic freedom at all times.

What keeps you going?

My addiction to beauty and the desire to create new images that have never been seen before. ■

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In a world where nudity is captured in the extremes on social media or in fine art, Olivier’s abstract, psychedeli­c nudes, showcased in four books and global exhibition­s, are a welcome, thought-provoking approach to nude photograph­y

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