Double-faced: Two Sides To Every Story
You may already have seen these images popping up all over social media of late but just in case you haven’t…
From time to time I like to share a project with you that I think is truly unique both in style and technique, and Berlin-based artist Sebastian Bieniek‘s amazing “Double-faced” series is one such project. The concept is deceptively simple, using an eye pencil and lipstick, Sebastian draws half a face on a model’s face and then conceals the other half of their real face from the camera. He then photographs them in everyday situations – on the train, in a cafe, in bed etc.
The effect is most disconcerting. Sebastian doesn’t use “photoshoppery” and doesn’t use ultra-realistic make-up to create a lifelike representation of the facial features. Far from it, the added features are “primitive” at best – and that, I think is the strength of these images.
The viewer’s mind overcomes the very obvious falseness of the “new” side of the face and we almost – almost – accept it as real. But then we realise it’s too odd to be real and look again. These images are a kind of photographic trompe l’oeil but with the added psychological twist of their photographic realism of the portrait and setting pitched against the relative obviousness of the drawn-on features.
These images have, quite rightly, attracted international attention and you can find out more about Sebastian’s work via the link above or his Facebook page.
Thanks to Sebastian for allowing me to reproduce his work here.