Adventures of Double-Faced Lady: Surreal Photography Series
Article by Steph, filed below Photography & Video in the Ar2rk group.
It is incredible what a few strokes of a black eyeliner can do – like produce an unsettling optical illusion that makes it look as if a lady has 2 faces. The ‘Doublefaced’ task by Sebastian Bieniek is deceptively easy, requiring no trick photography or Photoshopping. It is just a lady with 2 cartoonish faces, but the results are more compelling than you’d think.
Glimpsed in between messy locks of hair, a single drawn-on face provides the illusion of a small head on a regular-sized human physique, as if a figure from a drawing or painting has gotten up off the webpage and walked into the true globe.
The impact is even creepier when the model splits the 2 faces with a pole, a branch or her very own hair. She becomes a set of twins that, at initial glance, are nearly disturbing on a degree worthy of The Shining.
The artist not only captures a sense of duality in the model, but also a mash-up of 2-dimensional art in a conventional medium and actuality, much like a latest series that combined massive-scale drawings with photography to create extraordinary illusions.