A delicate mixture of the grotesque and whimsical, Sarah Louise Davey’s clay sculptures challenge our ideas of beauty. Her nymph-like beasts are crafted to be grisly and ugly but also lovely in a visceral way. Davey says, “I question my own experience of these through the various personalities that emerge with each hybrid portrait.”
Underwater photography adds a layer of mysticism as bodies are transformed and water becomes yet another presence and an overwhelmingly major factor in how the final product turns out. With this in mind, Vienna-based photography studio Staudinger + Franke created a new photo series titled “Barrier” featuring portraits of women and men half submerged in water.
This set of photographs features different cities around the world. The names of the cities are labeled in abridged letters almost like airport codes. The destinations are assumed to be the hometown or favorite place of the various photographers. Some of the names are recognizable and others easily guessed.
Swiss-Italian photographer Christian Tagliavini has re-shot some sixteenth century masterpieces in real-life. The series, entitled “1503,” is a recreation of the works of Italian master, Agnolo Bronzino, who painted a series of highly influential oil portraits of the Medici family of Florence.
Russian photographer and artist Oleg Dou transformed everyday portrait photos into otherworldly images. The photos were manipulated to the point that they look like digital paintings rather than photos; they look as if they can be fantasy or sci-fi characters.