These Surreal Portraits were inspired by a photographer called Katharina Jung. I took these images as part of my A2 Photography Coursework. My theme was called “Humans” and these images where part of a sub-theme called “Insecurities“. I took these images using a Canon Camera 700d and I edited theses image using Photoshop, using the Burn and Dodge tool a lot. I have used a continuous studio light and flash lights whilst taking these images.
Feeling insecure is something which everybody in their lifetime feels so I wanted to include it in this particular project. Taking inspiration from Katherina Jung’s images and thinking about my own life experiences feeling insecure, I created these three images in attempt to reflect what being insecure feels like. The black paint dripping down my models face represents something negative, I have made it feel like there is an overwhelming feeling taking over her. Whilst these images are intentionally showing someone struggling with their insecurities, these images could also connote the problems people have with mental illnesses. Depression is something which is an ongoing problem which people struggle with throughout their lives. These images could easily connote a darkness which someone has in their life and how they cannot fight it any longer. My models emotionless expression speaks for itself.
Whilst feeling insecure or depressed are major problems in society and encouragement to help prevent people from feeling this way is extremely important, I wanted to create images that reflect reality.