Patrice Letarnec is a French art director and photographer who took the phrase “head over heels” a little bit too seriously. A quick glance at his photos might make one think that he was using headless models. It isn’t until you take a closer second look that you realized that his models are simply standing on their feet while wearing their clothes right-way-up. His subjects can be seen walking the street, taking a stroll in the park, and even climbing up the stairs, all while seemingly break-dancing. I love the fact that not once did his athletic models show their face.
Martin Tremblay is a Canadian photographer who was recently commissioned by the fashion magazine Schön! to create a rather unusual series. The series entitled “Fortune Cookies” feature nattily dressed models in posing in Chinatown. What makes the whole series unusual is that these models are on their heads. I sure hope it’s simply a trick of photography, otherwise those models are in for a killer headache.
Every country has its own iconic dish. Photographer Jonathan Icher and make-up artist Anastasia Parquet took this to heart and created their own mini-series featuring flag-painted models eating stereotypical food. The American model attempts to scarf a whole burger in one go, the Japanese model has a sushi in her mouth, the Italian model is fairly dripping with pasta, while the French model with long wavy locks is doing a rather lascivious pose with an innocent croissant. The series emphasizes Jonathan and Anastasia’s generous use of bold, contrasting colors paired with exceptional photography.
Mandy Smith is an artist whose favorite medium is paper. Any and all kinds of paper. Even sandpaper. In one of her more recent series, she used just that. Mandy fashioned a pair of bikinis, a bicycle, a double bed, a slide, a pair of shoes, and toilet paper out of a material no one would want anywhere near their sensitive parts. Bruno Drummond thentook photographs of them after carefully arranging them in such a manner that makes them even more realistic. She also has a series of paper houses where she faithfully recreates the traditional architecture of canal houses in Amsterdam. Mandy also had a hand in making some of the models in Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie”.
Lucia Giacani is an Italian photographer who has made quite a mark in fashion photography. One of her most recent series, aptly titled “Under My Skin”, features models posing alongside skinned replicas of animals. The photos were featured in Vogue Italia. Lucia was born in Jesi, Italy but grew up in Rome. She graduated from the prestigious Advanced Institute for the Artistic Industries where her photographic exploits won her numerous accolades and awards. She currently lives and works in Milan, Italy.
Tang Chiew Ling is a graphic designer and illustrator from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her series “Fashion in Leaf” has captured the interest of fashion aficionados the world over with its minimalistic approach and ecological theme. Tang intentionally used inconspicuous and unattractive leaves to create something fun and fashionable. Most of the leaves she used were from her mom’s garden. Strategically placed, the leaves served as classy evening gowns to the models she drew on paper. Tang is one of those rare artists who can turn common, everyday objects into artistic creations.
Flora Borsi is a 20-year-old Hungarian photographer whose creativity is making waves on the web. She has been dabbling in digital manipulation since 2004, but her photography didn’t really take off until 2007. In 2008, she won a ‘half-professional’ (her words, not mine) camera on a photo contest. She has been using it ever since. Her work features cleverly manipulated images. One of my favorites is a series which openly mocks the tools and features found in Photoshop. She also has a series called Real Life Models where she created a digital image of what she imagines the models of famous paintings look like. The paintings she happens to pick out belong to Picasso, Rudolf Hausner, and Kees van Dongen; so you can just picture out how her ‘imagined’ models turned out.
The skewed, top-down perspective isn’t something new in the world of photography but Christian Åslund’s wide angle shots certainly gave it a new twist. His series of photographs for the shoe brand Jim Rickey had models lying flat on the streets of Hong Kong pretending to walk, sit, and hang on to perfectly upright objects. The height from which these photos were taken sets it apart from other series utilizing this unique perspective. This amusing series is a tribute to the old-school 2D computer games.
Have you ever said ‘hi’ to a person on the street and realized to your horror that they only look like someone you know? Canadian photographer François Brunelle is fascinated by this worldwide phenomena of look-alike that he created an entire series of portraits featuring strangers with uncanny resemblance to each other. He calls his series “I’m not a look-alike!“. The subjects, who are unrelated to each other, posed as one would when having a family portrait taken. The similarities of his subjects were further enhanced by their identical clothes and expressions.
Roman Sakovich is the London-based photographer who conceived, produced, and shot the series “Half” while still a photography student at the Arts University College in Bournemouth. Roman wanted to show the devastating effects of drug abuse and provide a vivid contrast with a clean-cut version of the same person. He had the right side of his models dressed in corporate attire, and the left side dressed as a junkie in dire need of a fix. The difference is startling, to say the least. Kudos to his make-up artist for making the bruises, bags, wrinkles, and needle marks look realistic. His other portraits, while not as dramatic as “Half” are just as thought-provoking.