For the first few years of my life, I lived on the east coast. On almost every summer night, you could count on two things: humidity and fireflies (or, as they were called in Virginia – “lightnin’ bugs”). I’d forgotten just how beautiful those twinkling sparks of light can be in the night air, until I saw this photo series from Japan. Enjoy!
British photographer Bertil Nilson was featured in this article from Huffpost Arts & Culture a while back. Bertil says that he takes his inspiration “from movement and the human form”. Collaborating extensively with dancers and circus artists in natural settings using only white and red pigments, he has created this series of surreal, wondrous images.
What speaks to me in these images is the athletic quality of the dancers; contorted in these unbelievable poses but captured as if they’re floating; their natural forms fitting into, and yet juxtaposed to, the natural form of their surroundings. The use of powdered pigment lends them an ephemeral quality that brings them out against the landscape. Captivating work.
Bertil’s site features both images and video of this beautiful series.