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Just the Two of Us: Portraits of Cosplay Enthusiasts in their Homes by Klaus Pichler

November 1, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Just the two of us, Klaus Pichler, 2013

Just the two of us, Klaus Pichler, 2013

Just the two of us, Klaus Pichler, 2013

We’re less than a day past October 31st and it would be reasonable to assume the people depicted in these portraits are wearing Halloween costumes, but they’re not. In his ongoing series of portraits titled Just the Two of Us, photographer Klaus Pitchler gained access to the homes of Austrian costume play (cosplay) enthusiasts where he photographed the elaborately costumed individuals against the backdrops of their everyday life. Via his artist statement:

Who hasn’t had the desire just to be someone else for awhile? Dressing up is a way of creating an alter ego and a second skin which one’s behaviour can be adjusted to. Regardless of the motivating factors which cause somebody to acquire a costume, the main principle remains the same: the civilian steps behind the mask and turns into somebody else. ’Just the Two of Us’ deals with both: the costumes and the people behind them.

While the costumes are incredible, terrifying, and laughable, it’s the strange juxtaposition of ordinary home life and the unknown identities of each individual that create such great images. See much more here. All images courtesy Klaus Pichler. (via Beautiful/Decay)

 

 



Photography

Switcheroo: Quirky Portraits of Couples Swapping Clothes by Hana Pesut

October 30, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Amy & Joe

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Cody & Molly

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Daruma & Toko

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Elliot & Reya

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Genta & Kurara

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Hugues & Lykke

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Jackie & Mayumi

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Janis & Ken

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Javan & Brenna

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Sammy & Maggie

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Sheldon & Brittney

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Yo & Reina

Switcheroo is an ongoing portrait project by Canadian photographer Hana Pesut where fashionably dressed couples are asked to swap clothing for a pair of portraits sent against an identical backdrop. While the premise is pretty simple, the results are often highly amusing because of all the subtle details and unusual juxtapositions. Giant feet crammed into tiny high heeled shoes, the seemingly nervous faces of cross-dressing in public, or even the genuine grins of subjects who clearly enjoy the project as much as the photographer.

The portraits shown here are among the most recent from a trip to Japan, and you can see many more on her Tumblr. Pesut also gathered many of the best portraits into a book. (via My Modern Met)

 

 



Art

WISH: A Monumental 11-Acre Portrait in Belfast by Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada

October 20, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Unveiled several days ago in Belfast, Northern Ireland as part of the Belfast Festival, WISH is the latest public art project by Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, known for his monumentally scaled portraits in public spaces. The image depicted is of an anonymous Belfast girl and is so large it can only be viewed from the highest points in Belfast or an airplane.

Several years in the making, WISH was first plotted on a grid using state-of-the-art Topcon GPS technology and 30,000 manually placed wooden stakes in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. The portrait was then “drawn” with aid of volunteers who helped place nearly 8 million pounds of natural materials including soil, sand, and rock over a period of four weeks. Rodríguez-Gerada says of the endeavor:

Working at very large scales becomes a personal challenge but it also allows me to bring attention to important social issues, the size of the piece is intrinsic to the value of its message. Creativity is always applied in order to define an intervention made only with local materials, with no environmental impact, that works in harmony with the location.

The project was made possible by several local businesses, most notably McLaughlin & Harvey, P.T McWilliams, Tobermore and Lagan Construction who generously donated materials, tools, machinery, staff, soil, sand and stone. WISH will be up through at least December and local residents already have a nickname for it: The Face from Space. (via Arrested Motion)

 

 



Art

Doublefaced: Sebastian Bieniek Creates Unsettling Two-Faced Portraits with Makeup

September 25, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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I’ll be honest in that I’m not quite sure what’s going on here. Created by Berlin-based artist Sebastian Bieniek, Doublefaced is an ongoing series of experimental portraits where a second (or third), rudamentary face is painted with makeup products on the side of a subjects face. While the idea seems ridiculously simple, the actual result is a super bizarre, off-kilter series of photos. Kind of gives you the heebie jeebies. See much more here. (via My Modern Met)

 

 



Photography

Absurd Portraits from the National Beard & Mustache Championships by Greg Anderson

September 24, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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This outrageous display of facial hair configurations made an appearance at the 4th Annual National Beard and Mustache Championships in New Orleans earlier this month. Luckily Las Vegas-based photographer Greg Anderson was on-hand to give us a front-row seat as the bizarre spectacle of facial hair paraded in front of his camera lens. The championships involved some 150 contestants from the U.S., U.K., and Canada who competed in 17 different categories. If this isn’t enough, here’s a giant gallery of 164 portraits from the event. (via PetaPixel, Twisted Sifter)

 

 



Art

New Portraits by Andrew Salgado

September 19, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Artist Andre Salgado (previously here and here) wows us again with a new body of work completed in the last few months for exhibitions at Le Petite Mort Gallery, and an upcoming solo show titled The Acquaintance at the Art Gallery of Regina. Salgado’s large-scale figurative paintings are comprised of deftly placed smears and drips of spray paint that charge each work with gritty, almost intangible hints of energy. You can see much more over on Saatchi Online and Facebook.