The Alchemy series is a collaboration with photographer Michel Leroy and a range of professional athletes that explores the tension between sensuality and physicality. The images are simple in form, but rich in ideas and emotions. Moments of sculptural balance, anticipation and strength define the graceful lines and impossible gestures of this vivid Black and White series.
In these nudes the artist creates body-positive images that are exaggerated and explicit without sexual objectification. The images are a celebration of athletic confidence and vitality at its most pure. By emphasizing form over identity, he seduces the viewer to reveal empathy for body acceptance that transcends the self-image obsession of social media. The process of transmuting the skin metallic unites the constellation of skin tones and strips bare preconceptions while illuminating physical radiance.
The images are notable for the tactile permanence of flesh revealed through the unique in-camera style he has developed over a year of experimentation. The technique is of great relevance and bears witness to the labour-intensive process reminiscent of a Daguerreotype in the pixel age. The result is a series that balances poise and precision celebrated through the singular beauty of the human form.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Michel Leroy is a New York based entertainment and advertising photographer with a produced style that captures an authentic connection to real personalities. From celebrity chefs to olympic athletes, the images reveal a level of comfort and vitality shared amongst friends.
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