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Meditations on the Body: Photography by Esthaem

Esthaem - Hiding behind rock

Note: Contains nudity.

Esthaem is a photographer based in Linz, Austria, who focuses on the body to uncover human identities and sexualities. While he has recently started incorporating color, much of his portfolio (including most of the images shown here) consists of monochromatic images shot on black and white film. The camera focuses on nude men and women whose bodies are always partially hidden by the environment or the frame; the unexpected focus allows the viewer to see body parts as landscapes of vulnerability and sensuality, finding emotion and erogenous zones in surprising places. The grainy quality produces a haunting, subdued effect that deepens our contemplation of the individual.

Esthaem - Woman in forest

Esthaem - In tree

Esthaem - Man and tree

Esthaem - Man's torso

Esthaem - Photo of legs

Esthaem - Man in mirror

Esthaem - Reflection

Esthaem - Torso lying down

Esthaem - Shadow

Esthaem - Foot on torso

Esthaem - Woman reaching out arms

Images © Esthaem