Naked bodies twisted and entwined represent a modern take on the classic nude (NSFW)

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French photographer Olivier Valsecchi's new 'Drifting' series is a journey through art history. Each picture merges the tradition of the reclining nude with the still life painting genre of Flanders.

Faithfully devoted to his chiaroscuro approach of light, straightforward sense of composition and muted colour schemes, Valsecchi replaces baroque floral arrangements and the overlapping motif of Memento Mori by pale bodies, in order to create what he calls a "Flesh Vanitas".

'Drifting' is a mediation between Valsecchi's previous 'I Am Dust' project, and sculptural Klecksography series. He said: "Still-life was the perfect fit for a post-war atmosphere. Beyond symbolising the ephemeral nature of life, it relates to the notion of transitioning. I wanted to set bodies into an unfamiliar environment and infuse them with a feeling of disorientation, as if recovering from trauma or stuck in vertigo."

To see more from Valsecchi, visit his website. He is represented by Opiom Gallery.

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