French photographer duo Bruno Metra and Laurence Jeanson, collectively known as Metra-Jeanson, have created a series of portraits that deal with the concepts of identity, beauty and otherness. Experimenting with our visual perception, they apply cut outs of facial features from glossy magazines onto their model’s faces to create a new form of facial expression. The series provides a compelling visual juxtaposition between everyday humans and the images seen in advertisements, taking a hard look at our identity, as each model de-faces and destroys her or his own image. “The fragility of their identity becomes visible, almost tangible. The laws of appearance drive us, in fact, to shape our own image to the point of transformation. Beauty is no longer natural, but rather socially conditioned”, Metra and Jeanson explain. For more images, visit their website www.metra-jeanson.com.
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