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Allan I. Teger

Allan-I-Teger-BodyscapesPeople often ask me where the idea for my Bodyscapes® originated. I have to confess that it didn't come from an interest in photographing nudes or from studio photography. Self taught as a photographer, I was originally trained as a social psychologist. Bodyscapes® evolved from my study of psychology.

During the 70's I was involved in teaching and academic counseling at the University of Pennsylvania, and had volunteered as a drug counselor at a free clinic in Philadelphia. I had begun to feel that traditional academic psychology wasn't really addressing the issues of the inner journey or the way in which we view the world.

Books on consciousness, mysticism, meditation, drug experiences and altered realities were just beginning to make it into popular culture. As a result, my interests began to evolve and my teaching became less traditional. I began teaching my students to meditate. We were reading the Tao Te Ching, The Bhagavad-Gita, books by Ram Dass, Carl Rogers. Castenada, Huxley, Watts and others. The concepts of altered realities, subjective reality, and mystical consciousness were becoming a part of my thinking.

I wanted to demonstrate in art the ideas that I was studying and teaching. The theme that occupied my thoughts was one of multiple realities. I had read many accounts of adventures in mystical consciousness and was certain that the most basic concept to understand and accept is that two realities can exist simultaneously. Both can be correct even though each is different. In 1975 I turned to photography as the medium to illustrate the coexistence of two realities.

I remember the moment that the idea for Bodyscapes® came to me. I was thinking that the shape and structure of the universe repeated itself at every level and suddenly I had the image in my mind of a skier going down a breast. This was it - the universe repeating its shapes - a body looking like a mountain. It was also an example of two realities coexisting. The picture could be seen as a landscape and it could also be seen as a body. Although they were different, both perceptions were right at the same time. I knew instantly that I had an entire series of images waiting to be captured on film.

Within a week or two I had my first model and began shooting. I was a complete newcomer in the world of art. I had never taken a course in photography, art, or art history, and had no idea that other people had ever thought of the similarity of bodies and landscapes. So I approached the project with naive energy, convinced that I was breaking new ground with each exposure.

I created these images by placing toys and miniatures on the body and shooting the picture as a single exposure. I knew it was possible to produce multiple exposure images such as photo montages, but felt that if it were to appear real to the viewer, it had to actually be real at some level...with the figure and the body together at the same time. Furthermore, I didn't want to resort to camera or darkroom tricks as that would make the work less credible. Now with the advent of digital photography, most people assume that any unusual photograph is a product of photoshop. However, I still work the way I began. I set the toys and the model and make a single exposure. I do not construct the image in photoshop.

Over the years I have discovered that art can be fun and serious at the same time. I have always believed that in the end an artist needs to communicate to the viewer, and involve them in the work to complete the experience. I feel that my art is complete when a viewer reacts to it. I have enjoyed creating Bodyscapes® and I enjoy sharing them with others and seeing their response.

It is always fun and interesting to see people discover for the first time, that the landscapes that they were looking at were really human bodies. Some people never see it until their friends point it out to them. Some look at the whole collection and then ask me what I mean by "Bodyscapes"®, or ask me which mountains I photographed. It's hard to keep a straight face as they puzzle over the photographs - knowing they are missing something and looking for clues to the answer.

My favorite story is about a couple with a young boy who appeared to be five years old. His parents asked him if he knew where the photographs had been taken. He answered with great certainty.'Yes", he said, 'California'! Some parents use the photographs as a teaching opportunity - pointing out the beauty of the naked body as a landscape. Several times I have seen young children explain to their older, less observant parents, the hidden truth of the images.

Some people hang these images in their homes and offices and their families and friends do not realize for years that the images contain bodies. Therapists tell me they could psychoanalyze me because of this work. I have had people tell me I am "sick" (usually with a smile!), and others tell me that I brighten their day and give them a new way of looking at the world. Some ask where I get the "little people", and others ask where I find a landscape that looks just like a body. Some are serious, some are joking - but, in the end, I find that people are generally fascinated by them.

My interest in photography began when I received my first camera at the age of 13. In both high school and college I was the photography editor of the newspaper and yearbook. I then put photography on hold while I pursued a career in psychology. I began the Bodyscapes in l975 and left academics in l981 to devote my full time to art photography.

Most of the Bodyscapes®  were shot with a medium format Mamiya RB67 and either Tri-X or T-Max film. I continued to shoot film and print in the darkroom until 2014. When my enlarger burned out and I was unable to replace parts, I  made the transition to digital capture and printing. I now shoot with a Nikon D300 and print with Epson 2880 and 7900 printers.

Contact Allan: alteger@aol.com

ONE PERSON SHOWS:

2015

Pennello Gallery, Cleveland, OH

Center for Spiritual Care, Vero Beach, FL

Dabbert Gallery, Sarasota, FL

 

2014
Darby Gallery, Vero Beach, FL
Dabbert Gallery, Sarasota, FL
Pennellos Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2013
Sin City Gallery, Las Vegas, NV
Pennellos Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2011Dabbert Gallery, Sarasota, FL

2009

Yours truly Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI

2000
Art and Soul Gallery, Woodstock, NY

    1999
    Forms Gallery, Delray, Fl

    GROUP SHOWS:

    2015

    ArtPrize Seven, Grand Rapids, MI
    Wheelhouse Gallery, “Cupid's Arrow”, Santa Fe, NM
    Lighthouse Art Center Museum, “Contempo”, juried by Elayne Mordes - WhiteSpace Gallery, Tequesta, FL
    Detroit Dirty Show
    Art Undressed, Miami, FL 

    2014
    Art Undressed, Miami, FL
    Jackson Junge Gallery, “Eat, drink, and be Merry”, Chicago, IL
     
    2013
    Soho Gallery for Digital Art, NY, NY
    Dabbert Gallery, Sarasota, FL (two person show)
    1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
    Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR
    East End Arts, Riverhead, NY
     
    2012
    DC.MOCA, Washington, DC
    Rochester Erotic Arts Show
    Sin City Gallery, Las Vegas, NV
    Detroit Dirty Show
     
    2011
    Art Life Gallery, Jensen Beach, Fl.
    Dacia Gallery, “The Modern Landscape,” New York, NY
    Pennellos Gallery, Cleveland, OH (two person show)
    Serenity Gallery, Lancaster, Pa.
    Detroit Dirty Show Detroit, MI
    Seattle Erotic Art Show
     
    2010
    Detroit Dirty Show
    Seattle Erotic Art Show
    Rochester Erotic Art Festival
     
    2009
    Carmel Film Festival and Photography Exhibit, Carmel, CA
    Pennellos Gallery, Cleveland, OH
    Detroit Dirty Show, Detroit MI
    Dabbert Gallery, Sarasota Fl (two person show)
    CPop Gallery, Detroit, MI
    Seattle Erotic Arts Festival, Seattle, WA
    Art Undressed, Miami FL (traveling to 5 cities in USA)
     
    2008
    Pennello Gallery, Cleveland, OH (two person show)
    Streetwise Gallery, Detroit, MI
    Detroit Dirty Show, Detroit, MI
    Hibiscus Center Traveling Exhibition,
    Vero Beach Fl
    Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show, Bloomington, IN
    James Schot Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Erotic Signature Traveling Exhibition,
    Miami , Montreal, Berlin
    New England International Erotic Art Show, Provincetown, MA

    2007
    Dabbert Gallery, Sarasota, FL (two person show)
    Body Beautiful Show, Windsor, Ont, Canada
    James Schot Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Severence Gallery, Detroit MI.
    Orlando Nude Night, Orlando, FL

    2006
    Lake Wales Art Center, Lake Wales Fl

    2005
    Backus Gallery, Ft. Pierce, Fl
    Bonnet House Museum, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl
    Dog and Pony Show Gallery, Naples, Fl

    2004
    Eisemann Center, Richardson, TX
    Barnsite Gallery, Kewaunee, WI
    Washington Gallery of Photography, Bethesda, MD.
    Orange Country Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA

    1999
    Woodstock Artists Association, Woodstock, NY
    Li Daniels Gallery, Rosendale, NY

    1997
    Liss Gallery. Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

    Swann Gallery, Detroit, MI

    1995
    Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, MA.


    1994
    Griffin Ctr. for Photographic Art, Winchester, Ma.
    Westport Art Center, Westport CT.


    1991
    Vermont State Craft Center, Middlebury, Vt.


    1990
    Photographic Image Gallery, Portland, OR
    Newton Art Center, Newton, MA


    1989
    Alternatives 89, Siegfried Gallery, Athens, OH


    1988
    Jannes Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
    Douglas Albert Gallery, State College, PA


    1987
    Susan Spiritus Gallery, Newport Beach, CA


    1986
    Quinn-Frank Gallery, Denver, CO


    1985
    Mills Gallery, Boston, MA
    Quinn-Frank Gallery, Denver, CO


    1983
    PhotoShow Intl.Gallery, touring United States
    Mills Gallery, Boston, MA
    Atelier 564, Newton, MA


    1981
    Mazur-Mazur Gallery, Deerfield, IL
    Sylvia Ullman's Crafts Gallery, Cleveland, OH


    1980
    PhotoShow Intl. Gallery, touring United States


    1979
    Mobilia, Cambridge, MA
    PhotoShow Intl. Gallery, touring United States


    1978
    Mobilia, Cambridge, MA
    Wadsworth Gallery, Devon, PA

    PUBLICATIONS:

    2015

    Bare Your Beauty, Bodyscapes Book By Allan Teger, published by Lunchbox Salon
    Bikinis and Martinis, Thailand
     

    2014

    Joongang Daily (South Korea)

     
    2013

    Techmac (China)
    Zupi Art Magazine (Brazil)
    Advanced Images (Kuala Lumpur)
    Purple Clover (web magazine)


    2012


    Bodyscape book, Schiffer Books
    20 Minutos (Spanish newspaper and webpage)
    Huffington Post.Com
    MSNBC. Com

     

    2011

    Playboy (Russian edition)
    Focus Extra (Italy)
    Cupido Magazine (Norway)
    The Culture of Transbaikalia (Siberia)
    Visions of Erotica: A Midwest Perspective (book)
    Environmental Grafitti (web magazine)
    The Sun (London)
    The Metro (London)
    Scottish Dailey Record (Scotland)
    LeMagdarqroom (France) web
    DailyMailOnline (England) web
     

    2009

    Sunshine Artists (cover story)
    Posters, GBeye, UK
    Echo of the Planet, Moscow, Russia
    World’s greatest Erotic Art of Today, vol. III
    2008
    The Worlds Greatest Erotic Art of Today, vol.II
    Digital Photography Magazine UK
    Digital Photography Magazine Spain (cover story)


    2007

    Macro Photography, Kamps, H.J., Wiley (book)
    Times of the Island, Sanibel, Fl (cover story)
    American Social Psychology Quarterly (cover story)
    Twin Cities Luxury and Fashion, Minn. MN

     

    2006

    PhotoDelo Magazine, Moscow Russia
    Art Fairs International Magazine


    2005

    Uptown Show Poster, Minneapolis, MN


    2004


    FHM (Hungary and Indonesia)
    Deco Posters , Posters International, Toronto Canada


    2003

    GQ (Italy and Spain)
    FHM (U.K. and Singapore)


    2002

    Esquire Magazine


    2001

    Wisconsin Review
    AutoForum , Germany
    Dreamscape Posters, Posters International, Toronto Canada


    2000

    TidensMind, Germany
    People Magazine, Australia
    Clockwork Magazine, Germany

    1999

    Tomorrow Magazine, Germany


    1998

    Forbidden Art, Naomi, Schiffer, (book)

     

    1995

    BODYSCAPES™ Book, Shade Tree Press, Ft. Meyers, FL


    1994

    Cover photo of Soc. of Commerical Arch. magazine
    CD record album cover, Jay Anderson's "Local Color"


    1992

    DINER Calendar, Pomegranate Publications


    1992

    Posters, Art Resources, Brewster, N.Y.


    1991

    Greeting cards, Pomegranate Publications


    1989

    Posters, Waterline Publications, Boston, MA
    DECO Calendar,Landmark General, Novato, CA

    1988

    BODYSCAPES™ Poster, Capital Concepts Publishing, VA


    1982 Playboy Magazine


    1981 Northern Ohio Live Magazine


    1978 Boston Magazine


    1977 National Shorthand Reporter, Cover photo

    1976 National Lampoon Magazine

    AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:

    2015
    Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, Judges Selection
    Vero Beach, Under the Oaks, 3rd place Photography and Mixed Media

     

    2014

    Armonk Art Festival, First place, mixed media
    Black Swamp Art Festival, Honorable Mention

     

    2013
    Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, Award of Merit
    Soho Gallery for Digital Art, Rural Impressions show, Honorable Mentio
    Boca Raton Fine Art Show, Award of Excellence
    East End Gallery H2O show, Honorable Mention
     

    2012

    Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, Judges Selection

    Space Coast Art Festival, Merit Award

    Virginia Highlands Art Festival, First Place, Photography

    Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Second Place, Photography

    Bonita Springs Art Festival, Award of Distinction

    Sin City Gallery, Las Vegas, Best of Show

     

    2011

    Great Gulfcoast Art Festival Judges Award

     

    2010

    Vero Beach Under the Oaks Art Festival, First Place, Photography

    Magic City Art Festival, Birmingham, AL, Merit award

    Seattle Erotic Art Show, First Place, Audience Choice National Award

    Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, Award of Distinction

     

    2009

    Seattle Erotic Art Show, First Place, Audience Choice, National Award

    Boca Museum art festival, Merit Award

    Cape Coral Art Festival, First in photography

     

    2008

    Pigeon key art festival, First in photography

    Space Coast art festival, Merit Award

     

    2007

    Melbourne Masters Show, Best in Show

    Arts, Beats, and Eats, Award of Excellence

    Pigeon Key Art Festival, First in Photography

    Celebration Art Festival, Award of Merit

     

    2006

    Space Coast Art Festival, Cocoa Beach Fl, 3rd Place, Photography
    Media OH Arts Festival - Best in Show
    Celebration FL Arts Festival - Best in Show
    Ft. Myers Art Fest, 1st place, 2-dimensional
    Pigeon Key Art Festival, 1st place, Photography
    Vero Beach Art Club, 1st place, photography


    2005
    Vero Beach Art Club, 3rd place photography
    Pigeon Key Art Festival, 2nd place, Photography
    Bonita Springs Art Festival, Award of Distinction
     

      2004
      Pinnacle Gold Award for Uptown Poster
      Pigeon Key Art Festival, 2nd Place, Photography
      Fine Art at the Village, Rochester Hills, MI, 2nd place, 2-D
      Medina Art Festival, Medina, OH Third Place, Non-traditional, 2-D04
      Melburne Art Festival, FL. 1st Place, 2-D  
       
      2003
      Pigeon Key Art Festival, 2nd place, Photography
      Old Saybrook Art Fesitval, Best in Show
      Lac Ste.Claire Art Festival, 2nd Place, 2-D
      Bayou City Arts Festival, Houston, Best in Photography

       

      2002
      Pigeon Key Art Festival, 2nd Place, Photography

       

      2001
      Key Biscayne Art Festival, Merit Award
      Atlanta Dogwood Festival, 3rd Place, Fine Art
      Boston Mills Art Festival, 1st Place ,Multiple Images
      SoNo Arts Celebration, Excellence in Photography

       

      1999

      Poster Artist, Gasparilla Art Festival
      Woodstock Artists Association, Honorable Mention
      Key Biscayne Art Festival, Merit Award
      Televised interview on German television

      1998

      St. Stephens Art Festival, 1st Place
      Key Biscayne Art festival, 1st Prize, Photography

      1997

      Shadyside Arts Fesitval, Jurors Award

      1995

      Boca Fiesta Art Festival, First Place

      1993

      Miami Beach Festival of Art 1st Prize, Photography

      1992

      Armonk Art Festival 1st Prize, Photography
      Coconut Grove Art Festival, 2nd Prize, Photography

      1990

      Beaux Arts Festival, Best in Photography
      Society of Commercial Archeology Photo Contest, Runner up.

      1989

      Images 89, Award of Commendation
      Beaux Arts Festival, Award of Distinction
      Ann Arbor State Street Art Fair, Award of Distiniction

        1988
        Miami Beach Art Festival, 2nd Prize, Photography

        1986
        Coconut Grove Art Festival, 2nd Prize, Photography
        Nationally televised interview: Playboy Video Network

        1985
        Coconut Grove Art Festival, 1st Prize, Photography

        1984
        Invited Address: New York Art Directors Club, NYC, NY

        1978
        Printing Institute of America, Award Certificate

        COLLECTIONS & INSTALLATIONS:

        Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
        California State University Museum, Long Beach, CA
        IBM, Atlanta, GA
        Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
        The Sycamores, Altadena, CA
        Emerald Square Mall, Attleboro, MA
        Kinsey Institute collection
        World Erotic Art Museum
         

        MEMBERSHIPS:

        National Association of Independent Artists

        Who’s Who in America

        Vero Beach Art Club

        Strathmore’s Who’s Who

         

        EDUCATION:

        B.A Lafayette College, 1964 
        M.A. University of Delaware, 1966 
        Ph.D. State University of N.Y., Buffalo, 1969