There is no denying the natural beauty of a dancer's body.
Like finely tuned mechanisms programmed to seamlessly bend, twist and twirl, the contortionists' bodies taken on positions that may not be innately appealing. Neatly stacked flaps of skin overlap, toes curl as the muscles of a leg bulge and limbs protrude forward in ways we didn't think possible, yet these feats of flexibility amount to something inexplicably gorgeous.
Need proof? Take then, for example, Ludovic Florent's series "Poussières d’étoiles" (Stardust). In it, the French photographer captures the fluid movements of nude dancers, their bodies partially covered by clouds of dust that both obscure and accentuate the curves and lines of their muscles. The images provide a very different perspective of the human body, emphasizing the dynamic potential of bare forms.
"Every carnal envelope hides a soul that is both sensitive and flamboyant," Florent writes on his website. "I try to capture [that] in each of my photographs."
Scroll through a preview of Florent's series here and let us know your thoughts on the works in the comments.