You’ve Got To See Nir Arieli’s Infrared Photographs Of Male Dancers

Using infrared photography to create portraits of male dancers, the results of Nir Arieli’s latest project, Inframen, are pretty stunning.

1. Nir Arieli spoke to BuzzFeed about his work in preparation for the show’s debut at the Daniel Clooney Fine Art Gallery in New York.

Nir Arieli / Daniel Cooney Fine Art

3. “To be a dancer is to work your body to the breaking point. In my project, the infrared technique that reveals the blemishes that lie under the dancer’s abused skin, like scars, stretch marks, sun damage, etc.”

Nir Arieli / Daniel Cooney Fine Art

5. “It’s interesting to use this technique on dancers because they tend to look “perfect” to the naked eye. They are in their early twenties, their bodies are shaped.”

Nir Arieli / Daniel Cooney Fine Art

7. “I use this infrared technique to challenge the model’s beauty and find a greater intimacy. You are seeing what is already there but it reveals and emphasizes these marks.”

Nir Arieli / Daniel Cooney Fine Art

9. “Like a form of voyeurism, this photographic process strips away the dancer’s outer shell, exposing hidden flaws. In Inframen, the surface of the skin becomes a metaphor for the dancer’s interiority.”

Nir Arieli / Daniel Cooney Fine Art

11. “The dancers, with their callused exteriors and sensitive character, represent the tenuous relationship between the strength of the body and the fragility of the soul.”

Nir Arieli / Daniel Cooney Fine Art

13. “Using their body as an expressive tool, male dancers subvert the heteronormative idea of emotionally suppressed masculinity.”

Nir Arieli / Daniel Cooney Fine Art

15. “I deeply identify with this perception and it closely relates to how I experience my own masculinity. Our shared idea about gender roles is a generative force in the dialog between us and is threaded throughout the work.”

Nir Arieli / Daniel Cooney Fine Art

17. “I don’t dance at all. Not even at a party. I can’t do it and I find everything about it fascinating. I look at it like a child. I have a lot of appreciation for the kinds of artists they are.”

Nir Arieli / Daniel Cooney Fine Art

19. “Their physicality is intelligent and sophisticated. When we collaborate, they are always able to contribute something of their own to the process.”

Nir Arieli / Daniel Cooney Fine Art

21. “In my last project, Tension, I was interested in movement. For Inframen, I wanted to do something more personal for the dancers. This technology allowed me to look under their skin and that felt very personal to all involved.”

Nir Arieli / Daniel Cooney Fine Art

23. “The way that I work with models is not by talking a lot. I trust in intimacy. The process is technical, quiet and gentle. We photographed in weird places. Most of these are not studio shots. I was surprised it worked at all.”

Nir Arieli / Daniel Cooney Fine Art

25. “Sometimes we were in a dancer’s small apartment with a tiny window for light or in a hallway. And in these small spaces, I was surprised at how fast intimacy developed. They were being completely open.”

Nir Arieli / Daniel Cooney Fine Art

27. Inframen will be showing at the Daniel Clooney Gallery January 16 through March 8.

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