OLIVER REGUEIRO’S DELICATE NUDE PORTRAITS
By Jacqui Palumbo
Though Oliver Regueiro is not yet a full-time photographer, creating visual
escapes is intrinsic to his profession. As a lead skybox artist at Microsoft’s
343 Industries, his graphics transport gamers into the massive universe
of sci-fi franchise Halo. But for around 15 years, the Seattle-based artist
has also created photographs, from classically lit portraiture to sweeping
vistas worthy of unlocked achievements.
Regueiro’s work has been published in PDN before—his series “
Earthbound” was honored in the Faces portrait competition in 2015—but it was
an ethereal study of the female figure, “Evanescence,” that earned him
Grand Prize in PDN and Rangefinder’s joint contest, The Body.
The subjects in “Evanescence,” look as if they are rendered in delicate
graphite, but the images are captured in camera in Regueiro’s home studio and then edited in Capture One.
“The production was very simple,” he explains. “I wanted very uniform
light, so I set up the studio outside on my deck, which has a semitranspar-ent roof [that] diffuses natural light. I used reflectors for fill light and a white
cloth background so I could place a strobe behind it.” This achieved a balanced white background and a soft rim light on each model. In Capture
One, he applied white vignetting on the lower half of the body—already
brighter from the fill lights—to fade each figure into the background.
The effect is dreamy and poignant, like memories of intimate moments.
Regueiro, who loves paintings and drawings but says he has no aptitude
for them, wanted the images to look like private drawings made by a lover.
While Regueiro does sell prints of his work on his website, for now, his
series are passion projects until he steps into a professional photography
career. He points to the masters of mood and light as his favorite photog-
raphers—namely Richard Avedon, Gregory Crewdson, David LaChapelle
and Mark Seliger—and for his own work, those two elements also play a
crucial role. “I try to make images that make people feel calm and peace-
ful,” he says. “[There’s] too much stress in the world right now. I want peo-
ple to get away from it, even if it’s just for a second.”
A CELEBRATION OF
THE HUMAN FIGURE
A STUDY OF
To see the full “Evanescence” series by Oliver Regueiro, in addition to
all the winning work from The Body 2016, visit celebratethebody.com.
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