Cara Phillips is a Brooklyn-based photographer who captures fascinating unusual portraits.
In her series ‘Ultraviolet Beauties,’ she uses ultraviolet light to reveal charming imperfections across the face. These candidates were unassuming pedestrians on the streets of New York. Phillips help up a sign which read, ‘Free Portraits’ and participants agreed to pose under UV light.
Phillips was inspired by medical photos found in doctor’s offices and on websites. The subjects appear vulnerable, as if the viewer was looking into the depth of their soul to try and understand them as a whole. This series bans the use of retouching, which is an uncommon and sometimes dangerous move in commercial work. These images show the raw beauty that lies behind the makeup and proves that true beauty is something to be appreciated and exposed.
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