Photo of the Day

Plants and Figures

November 13, 2017

By Stacey Goldberg

Working on a commission for Tula Plants and Design, photographer Catalina Kulczar created "Hips," a series juxtaposing modern planters and flexible human figures. The concept, according to Kulczar, was "Edward Weston meets yoga," a showcase of the human body and the product that makes the viewer look twice.

The series, which won first place in Rangefinder's The Body photography competition, was captured in Kulczar's studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. "Ivan Martinez and Christan Summers, the owners and founders of Tula Plants & Design, were fully on board to create weird imagery, and Xin Ying, a Martha Graham Dancer, was equally excited to play with the plant pots and create a visual language through stills and motion," the photographer says.

Her favorite image from the series (below) is one of the more abstract shots that makes the viewer stop and think. "You can see some of Xin's ribs as her back is arched and nothing else," Kulczar says. "I feel the viewer has to take a close look to make out the photo."

(Captured using a Canon 5D Mark III and a 50mm f/1.2 lens with an Arri 650 light.)

You can view the full series and video from the work on Kulczar's website and on Instagram.

Photo © Catalina Kulczar

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