|An artist has used UV paint to create electrifying masterpieces featuring stunning landscapes on naked models|
It usually conjures up images of neon raves, glow sticks and Full Moon parties.
But one artist has used UV paint to create electrifying masterpieces featuring stunning landscapes on naked models. John Poppleton, 44, from Utah in the U.S. has recreated burning savannas, electric lightning storms and vivid galaxies on the bodies of his subjects which then glow under black light. His Bodyscape project includes a series of unique pieces of art inspired by the artist's 'awe and wonder' of the beauty found in nature.
He predominantly uses female models and often paints across their backs to give him the largest surface area to work with. Each stunning work can take more than three hours to complete - as Mr Poppleton painstakingly adds tiny details to the model's skin. He described the process as 'literally painting with light' and uses an invisible UV light source, a black light and UV reactive paints to create the desired effect. 'With traditional painting you have to shine a light on the painting which is then reflected back to our eyes,' he said.
'But with an invisible UV light source - a black light - and UV reactive paints, the art now becomes the visible light source bringing it to life. 'Painting a sunset, for example, under black light is like witnessing a real sunset. 'There are a lot of little challenges in creating a masterpiece on a three dimensional canvas that is constantly moving and shifting. 'It's even harder when working on two subjects that have to fit together at the end the same way they fit together when you started.'
Mr Poppleton has worked as a wedding photographer since 1993 and decided to combine his love of painting and his knowledge of photography to start creating the stunning landscapes in 2010. He started shooting models covered in UV finger paint and became increasingly focused on the artistic side of this work - inspired by street artists in cities such as New York. 'The most challenging thing for me is being a perfectionist and wanting everything to be perfect,' he said.
- Daily Mail