Elina Brotherus is a European photographer mainly working in France. She has spent much of her time focusing on self portraits, studies of the human body, and the presence or absence of love. Recently she has started using photography as a way to explore formal elements that have been used in painting for many years. She is also interested in the relationship between the artist and model and how each changes the essence of the photograph. Brotherus says that her interests are primarily aesthetics but much of her work provokes conceptual interpretations. She stated, "I provide viewers with a blank screen, a surface on which to project their own feelings and desires."
The above photos are from her series The New Painting which is where she has done most of her experimenting with formal elements. Within this series she includes landscapes that have characteristics of landscapes that one of the master painters may have chosen. She then starts to add human figures to the landscapes and shows how they interact with each other. The last section of photographs from this series move away from the landscapes and into the relationship between artist and model.
Here is her website so you can see more of her work: