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
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