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Natural Beauty
Photograph by Sarah Leen

Study in light and shadow, a bodybuilder's back muscles and hand veins bring the topography of skin into vivid relief. A substance of contrasts, the skin is the body's largest organ yet measures only millimeters thick; it forms a barrier to the outside world. It contains blood vessels, veins, nerve fibers and endings, more than two million sweat glands, and millions of fat cells that insulate and protect other organs against minor trauma and the environment. Even the super thin skin that drapes the hand is far from just a protective covering—one square-inch patch of it contains 79 feet (24 meters) of nerve fiber.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: Nikkor 55mm macro
Speed and F-Stop: Unrecorded
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Unrecorded
Lighting Techniques: I lit my subject with a large softbox at an angle that was nearly behind him.

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