These Twisted Vintage Portraits Were Made Before Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop dropped in 1988, initiating the era of doubt and disbelief in photography. That same year, French artist Frédéric Fontenoy was capturing a set of images unbelievable in their own right, using a panoramic camera, ingenuity, and a willingness to run around the wilderness naked. Warped, twisted, yet clearly human characters dominate the series, entitled Metamorphose, framed by barren natural surroundings. Describing the shoot, Fontenoy tells The Creators Project, “Most of the photos are self-portraits. It was like dancing, two to three secondes in front of the camera, trying to create a ‘pre-human form,’ in landscape without any trace of humanity.”
Fontenoy cites a macabre German sculptor and surrealist photographer from the 1930s, Hans Bellmer, as the main influence on his concept of 'pre-human form.’ In turn, contemporary artists like Constant Dullart, Sam Cannon, and Lee Griggs continue both Bellmer and Fontenoy’s line of visual inquiry—how much can we distort the human form while still considering it human?
Metamorphose was one of Fontenoy’s first photographic experiments, but today he continues to make surreal photographs, both fine art and by commission. There’s something primal and utterly curious about that early work that makes it worth considering in this age of effortless digital manipulation.
Here are the First two casts i have got out of my silicone mould. They have come out reasonably well with only a few holes that need patching up. there is one that lines up better than the other, i need to figure out why this is. My mould is well made and lines up well when there isnt any plaster inside the mould. maybe the weight of the plaster disorts it slightly. i might do anyothe practice of just the shoulders and put the mould together and see how it turns out.
Next week I’m going to Italy with my family. Of course I won’t Take my Bikini, I’m too fat. But my biggest fear is how I can loose weight. I can’t eat in the front of my parents, I feel like shit when I do that. But we have breakfast and dinner in the hotel.
I’m afraid… ;(
Today, I ate a slice Pizza, little bit bread, ice cream and jughurt. I felt so terrible. I feel terrible right now. I purged everything out what I’ve eaten today. Now, I’m afraid, I feel so terrible about myself. I’m afraid of my weight tomorrow, I think, I’ve gained weight.