If we lived in a universe where space could be flattened and folded to create a new dimension, our faces might look like those in Alma Haser's portrait series, Cosmic Surgery.
She does this by superimposing folded origami structures over original same-size photo portraits — taking 3D to 2D via photography, and then back to 3D with origami, only to be reduced one last time to a 2D image of an image, albeit with a trompe l'oeil 3D illusionist effect...
These disquieting "portraits" bring to mind cubist and surreal art as well as bug-like multiple vision and kaleidoscopes.
One unexpected side effect, for me, is that suddenly details in each photograph become increasingly important and integral to the success of the images as a whole. So, I notice the scruff of hair on the back of a neck, or the weave of a sweater, the general posture of the sitters, the hint of tattoo peeking out from a lacey blouse.
— Jim Casper
Self-taught photographerplays — delightfully — with film photography and the very idea of photography. Taking full advantage of showing what the camera sees (sometimes over long periods of exposure) compared to what the human eye cannot or does not see, she creates rich, quirky, complex images without the aid of digital manipulation. What you see was really there (over time).
By dangling sheets of colored gels in front of the camera, these "straight" street photos look multi-layered and super-saturated — a fresh way to see ordinary surroundings.
Joy and sadness, work and play, beauty and crisis—a series that conveys the contradictions of this small country that "finds itself continually somewhere in between."