John Poppleton could have been a good wedding photographer. But this American artist decided to follow a much more creative path when he decided to experiment with black light and fluorescent painting. He then introduced himself to bodypainting, and started covering his models’ bodies with the most beautiful landscapes of planet Earth and outer space.

The result is almost magical: the female bodies, with their forms adorned by nebulas, sunsets, waterfalls and famous monuments, glow in the dark like stars in the night, creating beautiful and relaxing photographs. John Poppleton pushes nude and pin-up photography to a higher level. He transforms his models into a source of light, radiating an esoteric phosphoric glow. They are turned into nymphs or other spirits of Nature, sometimes even mythological goddesses reminding of Ancient Greece’s Gaia or Egyptian Nut. Their bodies, ethereal, allude to the feminity of the universe and to Nature’s motherhood. It is the beautiful encounter between sensuality and a questioning about the universe. Viewing Poppleton’s UV art takes us away from our stressful lives, creating a space of peaceful meditation.

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