A interactive photo experience by Jarid Blue [KINGMALLARD]
“LIGHT BATHS” is an ongoing series of work and immersive installations that Blue has been developing over the last few years. He has found a way to incorporate the concepts of immersive art with fine art photography, and in the process, has given others the wonderful opportunity to view themselves in a different light. Helping to reconnect them with their love for the human body through art, light projection, and photography.
He calls the photos Light Baths because of the way in which they are achieved.
Blue “bathes” his subjects in bright light by projecting a variety of images onto them. The images can range from photographs of scenery and textures that he’s taken, digital patterns he’s created, or work from different artists that have collaborated with him. Blue also experiments with incorporating various elements relating to the persons experiences to try and create a unique session for each participant.
The Light Baths are designed to change a person’s skin for the duration of a mini photo shoot in an effort to help that individual feel comfortable in their own body. In these sessions people are allowed to strip down to their bare skin, and are guided through a few simple and comfortable poses.
Through these photoshoots and images Blue hopes to show the beauty and confidence that can exist in all bodies.
Jarid Blue was born in Miami, Florida and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. He received his B.S in Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida. Blue was creatively influenced during his childhood by his grandfather who created intricate pattern based paintings and his father who worked as a kitchen and cabinetry designer. While he started making art after finishing his schooling, he has been very prolific in creating photographs and paintings. He focuses primarily on using the nude body as his canvas.
In 2012 Blue began to build a series of cosmic landscapes on reclaimed wood. Adding a twist to this cosmic style — he began painting pictures of nude bodies in space, embracing the thought that we are all naked in space. He refers to this part of his collection as cosmic nudes. Not long after, he started to experiment with projecting his finished paintings onto to people and photographing the results. This is what would become the start of his Light Bath portraits.
Because of his hospitality background, Blue has been very interested in creating specific positive experiences for his models. From his original paintings to his photo work now, he always believed that the biggest influencer for the work was the experience for the participant involved. This was always something he has, and wants to continue to have, as a staple in his art.
Blue has shown work and created a number of his Light Bath installations across the country. Working with different brands and companies to help bring a body positive experience to their events. He has also completed an artist residency in tandem with his partner Kat Hooper, at The James Black Gallery in Vancouver, Canada.