John Poppleton

John Poppleton uses black light to create beautiful ‘Bodyscapes’, strange paintings and intriguing photographs. Poppleton says on his website that he has ‘always been in awe and wonder of the beauty found in nature’ ( This awe has led him to include nature in many of his works. Much of his career has also been involved with brides and weddings, showcasing his earlier portrait photography passion.

“Black Light Bodyscapes combines the beauty of the female form with the splendor of God’s creations found in this world and the worlds beyond. Using temporary fluorescent materials the scenes are painted directly on the skin and photographed in modest poses to create a piece of art that is a unique as you are.” –

I am inspired by the use of the fluorescent paint and both the camera and bodily manipulation that takes place. The modesty behind the portraits that he takes implies a sexual nature, but is innocent, especially when the model has a beautiful UV portrait on their back. I would like to bring this modesty and innocence, along with the possible use of UV into my own work.

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