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dillonk
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Cosmic Surgery by Alma Haser
Photographer Alma Haser is a talented and very creative artist. She uses techniques in her work Cosmic Surgery that involve photographing, printing, and rephotographing as a way of manipulating an image; this process is something I've always liked to try to incorporate into my own work! Alma has been working with self-portraits since 2010, but she has now begun to take photographs of willing models. Her portrait work isn't what you expect, it has this disquieting or disconcerting resonance. She photographs her model, then prints of the subject's face. She folds these multiple prints into complicated origami constructions. The origami is then placed on the subject's face on the fully printed image. The entire work is then rephotographed and printed. Alma's process transforms these 3-dimensional objects into this flat space, flattening it into the subjects face. This transformation distorts our view of the subject in a strange way. Here is what Alma writes about her work Cosmic Surgery: "Origami is very meditative, you can get lost in the world of folding for hours. It is also extremely delicate and fragile, so by giving each geometric paper shape somewhere to sit within the final image, the origami has been given a backbone. There is something quite alien about the manipulated faces, as if they belong to some futuristic next generation. In these portraits the children become uncanny, while their parents are seen in a more familiar moment. With the simple act of folding an image can transform each face and make a sort of flattened sculpture. By de-facing the models [I have] made their portraits into personal creations."
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I love how she's able to manipulate the image all by hand. When I first saw the pictures, I thought they might have been digitally altered, but now knowing her process, it makes the final product all the more impressive.