[NSFW] Obscuro Is An Hauntingly Beautiful Nude Series Taken In A Dark Pool

Apr 24, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

[NSFW] Obscuro Is An Hauntingly Beautiful Nude Series Taken In A Dark Pool

Apr 24, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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Some photos can only be made once a complicated array of elements come together. Such is Obscuro by Steve Richard (previously).

Obscuro is a series of photos of nude dancers and models shot while wrapped in delicate fabrics. Oh yea, it is also shot in a top down view underwater.

Steve Richard has been taking photos for this series for over 15 years and the technical nature of those photos yields quite a few challenges:

(The photos and video after the jump contains artistic nude)

First you would have to get a pool, but it has to be a controllable pool, one where you control the light, water temperature and have access to a top down view of it. Having not found a suitable pool, Steve built one is his studio, which means having his studio structurally reinforced to support the 16 ton of water placed in the pool.

Then there is the whole issue of working with models. Being underwater is not easy and team had to make sure that the models are both comfortable (which meant heating the water), stay healthy (which meant controlling bacteria in a heated pool) and can be communicated with (which meant using a morse-like language to indicate poses to the models).

Lastly there is the gear issue. To get a good top down view Steve’s camera (a 645DF Phase 1 with an IQ180 back) is mounted on the second floor, while to communicate with the models, Steve has to be on the ground floor. To solve this Steve has his camera tethered and “spends” half his time near the pool and half his time at the camera on the second floor.

The movie below shows the tremendous effect it take to create such hauntingly beautiful photos.

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If you would like to order prints of this work, Steve is currently running a kickstarter campaign where you can buy the book for $35.

[Obscuro | Steve Richard (Kickstarter)]

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8 responses to “[NSFW] Obscuro Is An Hauntingly Beautiful Nude Series Taken In A Dark Pool”

  1. Maciej Plewicki Avatar
    Maciej Plewicki

    amazing…

  2. Amanda Victoria Avatar
    Amanda Victoria

    These are just stunning! Such amazing work!

  3. Dan Carratturo Avatar
    Dan Carratturo

    These are extraordinary. I just looked at his website and these are just the beginning of some truly artistice and exceptional images. Well done Mr Richard

  4. Karen Danks Avatar
    Karen Danks

    Gorgeous!

  5. Erick Regnard Avatar
    Erick Regnard

    Just saw your Obscura Project and wanted to say well done the images are beautiful and unique. We’ve done something similar with a Linhoff camera underwater shooting 4×5 PN55 Polaroid film, which was quite a challenge. check it out http://www.ianerickregnard.com/A-Thousand-Kisses-deep/1/caption/ Anyway all the best and great to see your amazing photos. Kind regards, Erick

  6. Steve Richard Avatar
    Steve Richard

    Thanks everyone, I greatly appreciate the comments.
    Steve

  7. Tessa Marie Sheremeta Avatar
    Tessa Marie Sheremeta

    Wow, these look like paintings!!!

  8. CraigI Avatar
    CraigI

    Great look — thanks.