Combining the nude human form with the natural world for stunning results

There's something liberating about surrounding oneself with nature, whether that be swimming in a lake, camping under the stars or hiking off the beaten track. Finnish-American photographer, Arno Rafael Minkkinen has taken this notion one step further by taking nude self-portraits in the great outdoors.

The seamless lines that exist between Minkkinen and his surroundings make it difficult to distinguish between the human form and nature. Sand, water and trees all make stunning backdrops for the black and white images, which emit feelings of calm and a true sense of zen. Minkkinen's first solo show is now open at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago.

Via Colossal