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The Doubles

For many years, as a photographer I was mainly interested in people, their faces and shapes of their bodies. Gradualy I became interested in forms that weren't human but had human shapes. This is how I came to an idea of making macro "portraits" of miniature toys made of plastic. On these photographs people are replaced with simplified, almost amorphous objects with artificial personalities. Differences between their faces are not caused by different race, sex or age. They are results of irregularities found in production process: different kinds and textures of plastic materials, all sorts of distortions occurring during the process of casting, irregular seams and joints, air bubbles, creases, imprecisely applied colours... When highly magnified, those industrial mass products of today's civilization, with their half-formed, fish-faced, embryonic shapes, are reminding us of the beginnings of life. Once enlarged to giant proportions, they are revealing themselves to us as strange, often frightening doubles.
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