Photography experiments with the female form is the subject
in this interesting, whimsical art book, converting statues
to living flesh and making statues of the models for the
final image. LIVING NUDE STATUES does what it says: by means
of digital wizardry the ladies are transformed and
surroundings are added into which they fit like statuary.
Photographer George Arthur Lareau was less than satisfied
with the general run of poses suggested by models. All over
the world, beautiful statues have been created and each was
posed by a model. So Lareau revisited the museums and
photographed the statues he most admired, then asked twelve
models in Phoenix, Arizona to recreate those poses. The
ladies obliged and Lareau took images in front of a green
screen. Next he asked Korina S Mitchell to digitally make
the figures look like statues. Either stone or bronze
effects were employed, then the background could be added -
a garden, a room, a staircase, a fantasy setting.
I enjoy viewing statues and I feel that sculpture belongs
out of doors where it is part of the living environment.
Having visited Rodin's Home, the Louvre, the British Museum
and Ireland's Decorative Arts Museum among others I did
recognise some of the famous poses.
At first it was hard to adjust to viewing this book, as I
am not used to seeing so much naked female flesh. However
I did not find any picture objectionable and the ladies are
celebrating their beauty and strength. As my vision
adjusted to seeing a nude model on one page, posing, and on
the next page a life-size statue, I enjoyed the
inspirations behind each image and the background settings.
My preference was for images where the model is interacting
with the environment - stooping to scoop up a handful of
water from a pool, climbing a stair, or sitting concisely
in an alcove.
LIVING NUDE STATUES at coffee-table size will make a big
impact, and is an enjoyable exploration of art from the
past mixed with techniques from today. George Arthur Lareau
has acted on his inspiration to create a remarkable,
beautiful and mischievous book.
A Sky-High Flight of Imagination!
When a photographer's imagination really soars, a book like
this one is created. Imagine posing live models like museum
statues, and transforming their photographs back into
statues! Then, place them in exotic digital backgrounds. The
result is 240 genuinely stunning photographs in a coffee
table book that will deliver many hours of enchanting
Living Nude Statues began as a search for great poses for
models. Naturally, the most admired poses are found in
museums, so photos of nude female statues from museums
around the world were used as posing guides.
With this collection of statue poses to use with the models,
wonderful images were created. Then, a question arose: what
it would be like to turn these photographs of models in
statue poses back into statues again, using photo
manipulation techniques? By teaming up with a photographer
who has exceptional Photoshop skills, wondering became
wonderment at the results.
The twelve professional models featured in this volume are
from the greater Phoenix, Arizona area. Each model is
featured on twenty pages in the book. Each set of
photographs is shown on facing pages with the studio shot on
the left and its transformation into a statue on the right.