Art, at its most successful, can form impressions that stay with you long after your first encounter with it. Visceral reactions, like how confronting the piercing gaze of National Geographic’s green-eyed Afghan Girl feels like being run through with a musketeer’s rapier. Or like how these photographs make you want to curl up in a ball underneath your covers so that you never have to see another face in your life.
In his deceptively benignly titled series Photographs, Portuguese photographer Tomba Lobos blurs the boundaries between photography, sculpture, and the blackest of magic.
Inspired by the modern-day macabre works of video artist Chris Cunningham and the lo-fi/high-cry films of David Cronenberg (specifically Videodrome), these hybrid images utilize both practical and digital effects. Lobos creates the images with a 10MP compact camera; he first snaps a photograph of a model’s face, then recreates the lighting conditions of the safe image before molding a monstrosity out of Play-Doh. (You know, that children’s sculpting medium that you never had any reason to fear until this very moment?) Lobos then photographs the Play-Doh, takes it and mates it to the image of the model using Photoshop, et voilà: disturbed sleep for the rest of your life.
Take a look at Lobos’ photos below, preferably only if your most recent meal is already digested.[Via UFunk]