Bertil Nilsson is a Swedish photographer and filmmaker who shoots breathtaking images of dancers and performers in natural and architectural environments. His compositions contrast the human form against shapes both organic and geometric. Naturally is a series of male dancers, triggered by the artist’s desire to explore the natural landscape and our role within it. Nilsson is releasing a limited-edition artbook for the series this November.

To connect to Bertil Nilsson or to buy a copy of Naturally head over to his official site: https://www.bertil.uk

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“Growing up in Sweden I spent a lot of time in the forest but my entire adult life living in the city. Through my experiments with dancers and circus artists I came back to explore nature and, maybe because of that childhood connection, it triggered a great sense of adventure in me.

Naturally was born from that inspiration to explore, both the landscape and our role within it. Working with the naked figure in nature is straightforward, there is an obvious connection with our natural history. I’m interested in what happens when I introduce cultural elements – colour, shape and dance gestures – to question that relationship.”

Naturally is also a personal journey of exploration. My interventions took on a theme of tension between order and chaos. I like to align, structure, analyse and ultimately control – in a visual sense – the world around me. The dancers with their free expression confront me with an opportunity to let go of a bit of my control and let the chaos unfold. In a way the dancer in my work also comes to embody my original childhood playfulness.” —Bertil Nilsson, June 2013

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