These astonishing photo compositions contain thousands of naked bodiesS

Using the naked human form as his medium, Italian artist Angelo Musco creates some of the most spellbinding large-scale photographic compositions this side of reality.

Over at Laughing Squid, EDW Lynch describes the artistic process that gives rise to Musco's pieces – some of which contain thousands, or even millions, of human bodies:

The time-consuming process of creating each piece starts with photo shoots of nude volunteers. The models are isolated in Photoshop and then added to Musco’s compositions. The final works, some of which have required two years of post production, can be upwards of 40 feet wide and 12 feet tall. The compositions often feature natural forms like forests and egg cells, or swirling aggregations. They are often references to child birth. Musco’s own birth was extremely difficult—he was born two months late, and was partially paralyzed during birth.

Lynch has curated a jaw-dropping sampling of Musco's work over on Laughing Squid, including links to where you can see more of his pieces, and the following (NSFW) preview of Conception, a feature-length documentary by Robert Jason that will focus on Musco and his compositions:

We highly recommend checking it out, but be advised: many of Musco's pieces are NSFW.

[Angelo Musco via Laughing Squid]