j. leo

 J. LEO
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Photographer since adolescence, J.Léo is among the top of emerging photographers.


“Corps Pour Elles” presents the recent work of the photographer carried out over the past 3 years on the theme of the bodyscape (literally body-landscape). It is about using a part of the naked body, here exclusively female, as a starting point to tell stories using small figurines and accessories.


Acting like a trompe l'oeil, the composition staged appears at first glance like an authentic landscape. But on closer observation, we discover that this "natural" setting is misleading. The naked body serves as a background, while artificial elements the focal point. These elements are 1/87th scale model figurines (characters, animals, decor elements with sometimes the addition of sand or smoke) which come to life in the decor attributed to them: deserts with camels, bushes with crocodiles and leopards, construction sites for workers, gardens where they mow the lawn, oasis where pink flamingos come to drink, a soldier on duty… Jean-Léonard Polo's imaginary world comes to life on the model's flesh.


The erotic dimension is neither highlighted nor even sought here, Jean-Léonard Polo wants to create an aesthetic and imaginative universe which will allow the viewer to dream up stories. The prowess in this work comes from hiding the erogenous and sexual parts of the model because that is not the desired goal. The model's body thus becomes a medium for the photographer. In some photographs, the viewer's eye recognizes a breast, the arch of a back, the curves of the buttocks, but the macro shooting takes away any erotic dimension and even makes it difficult to be certain of formal recognition of this or that part of the body. The sometimes visible nipples themselves become apart of the decor, neutrally, the erotic significance is annihilated. The systematic absence of a face throughout the series prevents any identification and accentuates the division between the viewer and the sensual dimension of the photograph. Likewise, we should note the importance of the lights that illuminate and stage the composition.

exhibitions :

Vacationers

Zoom Goa Style

Goa Style

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

20" x 20" (50cm x 50cm) available
Zoom Une journée à la plage

Une journée à la plage

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

24" x 39" (62cm x 100cm) available
Zoom Pêcheur dans le bassin d'Arcachon

Pêcheur dans le bassin d'Arcachon

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

26" x 39" (67cm x 100cm) available
Zoom Anna's friends

Anna's friends

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

31" x 47" (80cm x 120cm) available
Zoom Naturists and the fly

Naturists and the fly

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

24" x 39" (62cm x 100cm) available
Zoom The secret spot

The secret spot

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

47" x 28" (120cm x 71cm) available
Zoom Sunset dive

Sunset dive

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

15" x 20" (37cm x 50cm) available

Athletes

Zoom Tout Schuss

Tout Schuss

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

26" x 39" (67cm x 100cm) available
Zoom Descente caline

Descente caline

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

22" x 39" (55cm x 100cm) available
Zoom Tour de Marina

Tour de Marina

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

42" x 59" (107cm x 150cm) available 26" x 39" (67cm x 100cm) available
Zoom Sur les pistes de Megève

Sur les pistes de Megève

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

26" x 39" (67cm x 100cm) available
Zoom Avoriaz

Avoriaz

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

39" x 37" (100cm x 94cm) available 47" x 44" (120cm x 112cm) available
Zoom Fire mountain

Fire mountain

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

26" x 39" (66cm x 100cm) available
Zoom Colorado

Colorado

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

26" x 39" (66cm x 100cm) available
Zoom La Clusaz

La Clusaz

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

33" x 39" (83cm x 100cm) available
Zoom Hors pistes

Hors pistes

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

24" x 39" (62cm x 100cm) available
Zoom Sport d'hiver

Sport d'hiver

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

26" x 39" (66cm x 100cm) available
Zoom Blind hole

Blind hole

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

31" x 47" (80cm x 120cm) available
Zoom Le grimpeur

Le grimpeur

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

29" x 47" (74cm x 120cm) available
Zoom Climber

Climber

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

31" x 47" (80cm x 120cm) available
Zoom The golf course

The golf course

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

31" x 47" (80cm x 120cm) available
Zoom We did it

We did it

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

39" x 27" (100cm x 68cm) available
Zoom From the rough

From the rough

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

35" x 47" (90cm x 120cm) available
Zoom Fairway

Fairway

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

24" x 39" (61cm x 100cm) available
Zoom Sortie de rough

Sortie de rough

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

29" x 47" (74cm x 120cm) available
Zoom Fer 9

Fer 9

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

35" x 47" (89cm x 120cm) available
Zoom Good Stance

Good Stance

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

34" x 47" (87cm x 120cm) available
Zoom Natasha's way

Natasha's way

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

31" x 47" (80cm x 120cm) available

Workers

Zoom Ravalement de facade

Ravalement de facade

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

20" x 20" (50cm x 50cm) available
Zoom L'atelier du sourcil

L'atelier du sourcil

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

16" x 24" (40cm x 60cm) available
Zoom Red lips

Red lips

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

47" x 47" (120cm x 120cm) available
Zoom Nail polish

Nail polish

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

47" x 47" (120cm x 120cm) available 20" x 20" (50cm x 50cm) available
Zoom Le travailleur de l’ombre

Le travailleur de l’ombre

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

21" x 31" (54cm x 80cm) available
Zoom The eyebrow painter

The eyebrow painter

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

17" x 20" (42cm x 50cm) available

Animals

Zoom Transhumance au Clair de lune

Transhumance au Clair de lune

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

26" x 39" (67cm x 100cm) available
Zoom Bande de cerfs

Bande de cerfs

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

20" x 33" (50cm x 83cm) available
Zoom Les moutons de Valou

Les moutons de Valou

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

34" x 47" (86cm x 120cm) available
Zoom Wild horses

Wild horses

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

24" x 39" (62cm x 100cm) available
Zoom Les moutons de Valou II

Les moutons de Valou II

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

29" x 47" (74cm x 120cm) available
Zoom L'elephant de Valou

L'elephant de Valou

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

29" x 47" (73cm x 120cm) available
Zoom Rhino Family

Rhino Family

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

24" x 39" (61cm x 100cm) available
Zoom Curly

Curly

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

26" x 39" (67cm x 100cm) available
Zoom Pottock in the desert

Pottock in the desert

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

22" x 24" (57cm x 60cm) available
Zoom La caravane

La caravane

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

26" x 39" (67cm x 100cm) available
Zoom End of day in Nambiti

End of day in Nambiti

Photography - Original edition of 10 ex

24" x 39" (62cm x 100cm) available

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