Laura Aguilar’s Nature Self Portraits treat the human body as another feature in landscapes. In the series, Aguilar positions herself in the center of her photographs, nude, often with her back to the camera. The curve of her back echoes the rocks, her black hair in the wind recalls the thin fingers of desert trees. The photographs are at once playful and beautiful, peaceful and provocative. This photo essay includes work from Aguilar’s series, plus a similar work by California photographer Judy Dater, which influenced Aguilar.

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