By Joe McFarlane
A skilled UV body painter uses models’ bare bodies as his canvas as he brings beautiful summertime sunset scenes to life.
Some artists use pencil and paper to bring their visions to life, but John Poppleton, 48, prefers to use UV lights and naked models as his tools to create his beautiful sunset portraits.
Working out of his dark studio in Wellsville, Utah, John has his models sit upright in order that he can use their backs as his canvas.
Using body paint and working under UV lights, John’s imagination and skill come together to create sunset backdrops that look as though they have been taken out of a holiday brochure.
Using natural landscapes as an inspiration stems from John’s early years growing up in a suburb of Sacramento, CA.
John said: “I’ve always been very fascinated by nature and the world around me.
“My mom thought I would grow up to become a botanist because I was always studying the different plants and leaves I found around the house.
“I always loved anything creative from arts and crafts to music but never sat still long enough to master anything.
“But I found photography class to be the most exciting thing I’d ever been exposed to. I couldn’t get enough of it at school and I soon had my own darkroom and studio set up at home.”
John’s passion for photography has led him to a successful career from wedding photography to working in television and video production, all of which would eventually lead to him incorporating UV lights into his work.
John said: “My business motto has always been ‘Cherish Something Different’.
“I have a problem with insomnia, especially when I’m not in my own bed.
“At 4 AM in a hotel room bed I started thinking about everything I wanted to try when I returned home. One of these thoughts was to buy a blacklight and see what I could do with it.
“I never dreamed it would make me world famous!”
But unlike most artworks that will live on long after the artist, John’s artwork is simply washed off at the end of the session, which for most may be a frustration, but for John, it’s not a problem.
John said: “When I’ve completed a piece, I feel relieved that I pulled another one off.
“It doesn’t really bother me when the painting is washed off as long as I have a good photo of it.”