10 Weirdest Portrait Projects
1The photographer who makes out with people and then takes their picture
Believe it or not, his photo series, The Makeout Project, was born after the artist decided to face his phobia of making out.
2The photographer who shoots good-looking people deformed by Scotch Tape
The idea for the series came to Naman while wrapping Christmas presents. His assistant had randomly slapped a piece of tape on her face and the effect planted a seed in Naman's head, which grew into a year-long project aptly titled Scotch Tape.
The result is a series of portraits that makes each model – with their noses smashed sideways, their eyebrows raised unnaturally high, and their cheeks bulging in awkward places – look utterly unrecognizable.
3The photographer who shoots portraits of dog owners locking lips with their dog
His new series, dubbed For The Love Of Dog, features portraits of dog owners locking lips (and sometimes tongues) with their pups.
While Sembrot suggests that this act is actually healthy because displays of affection more broadly increase oxytocin levels, lower blood pressure and improve our sense of well being, studies have suggested that making out with your dog can harbor negative health effects, on top of being, well, a little weird.
4The photographer who wraps couples in vacuumed plastic bags to represent their love
These bizarre images of people huddled together in weird positions in vacuumed plastic wrap may look like stills from a a sado-masochistic practice, but they are Haruhiko Kawaguchi's way of showing and preserving the love between two people.
The idea for his project, Flesh Love, is pretty straightforward. Two people, usually couples, are “packaged” in a 100 by 150 by 74 centimeter plastic bag the artist buys off of the Internet. After carefully arranging their body parts so he can get the best shot, Kawaguchi uses a vacuum cleaner to suck out all the air and make the subjects look like a pack of packaged meat you buy at the supermarket. It takes about 10 to 20 seconds for him to take the photographs, during which time the shrink wrapped couple has to endure the pressure and lack of air, but it's all in the name of love.
Surprisingly and thankfully, no one has been harmed!
5The photographer who captures photos of strangers who look like twins
The 62-year-old Montreal-based photographer has spent the last 12 years scouring the world for complete strangers who look alarmingly similar and taking photos of them together.
According to the photographer, the inspiration for this project came out of his own likeness with TV character Mr Bean.
6The photographer who turns himself into a two headed freak
As you'd expect, the photos are delightfully creepy and bizarre to behold.
7The photo series which features faces deformed with rubber bands
The idea is simple – the rubber bands help turn his subjects into grotesque caricatures of themselves – and the results are powerful.
For the tape series, Naman taped the model's faces himself. This time, he let his subjects do the deed. Some went crazier than others, because rubber bands hurt a lot more than tape. That said, there's still a whole lot of nose and ear warping, and rubber bands do an even better job than tape when it comes to forcing skin and hair to stick out in awkward and painful ways.
8The photographer who captures faces pressed against steamy windows on overcrowded trains
Japan has one of the highest population densities in the world. Although Tokyo is famous for its advanced transportation infrastructure, not even its punctual subway trains can handle the large number of people using them during rush hours. In order to fit them all in, the subway even has “passenger arrangement staff" – also known as “people pushers” – who are responsible for cramming as many people as possible into a subway car. The white glove-wearing personnel actually push people into the train so the doors can shut properly.
Seeing commuters pressed against the windows like sardines inspired Hong Kong- based photographer Michael Wold to create his Tokyo Compression photo series.
9The photographer who selfies while bathing in awkward places
10The photographer who takes photos of couples who found each other on the internet
Cumbo even met a boyfriend on the now-defunct social media platform Friendster back in 2004. They are no longer romantically involved, but remain friends.
Her photos come with descriptions of how the couples met: “ Lily and David, JDate. Lily's mother set up a JDate profile for Lily. The profile was loaded with lies, Lily said, but she went on a few dates her mother set up for her. She was going to close the account when her mom connected her with David. “I didn't want my mother to be right,” she admitted. Lily and David have been married for two years. "
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