By Katy Cowan
American photographer and artist John Poppleton had always been fascinated by black lights, the beauty of the human body, the world around him and the ability to create and express himself through art. But it wasn’t until boredom set in, after being stuck with the same wedding and portrait photography for more than 20 years, that he decided to break boundaries and create a new body of work entitled Black Light Bodyscapes.
Using black lights and UV body painting, John is able to create images that merge art and photography that celebrate nature and the human form. He explains: “I’ve always been in awe and wonder of the beauty found in nature. Inspired by the colours and textures found in sunsets. The excitement and anticipation of the next lightning strike with its thunderous heart pounding report. Majestic waterfalls to sublime mountain skylines with their reflections in the still lakes found beneath them. From the eerie allurement of the Northern Lights to the cosmic artistry seen throughout the universe.
“Black Light Bodyscapes combines the beauty of the female form with the splendour of God’s creations found in this world and worlds beyond. Using temporary fluorescent materials the scenes are painted directly on the skin and photographed in modest poses to create a piece of art that is as unique as you are.”
John was born and raised in the suburbs of Sacramento, California. He was introduced to photography during his junior year of high school in 1988. He pursued all areas of photography very passionately as a hobby until becoming a professional portrait photographer in 1993, after several friends convinced him to photograph their weddings.