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These Photo Collages by Chad Coombs Embraces Image Distortions

By: Jana Pijak - Published: May 21, 2013 • References: chadcoombs and lanciatrendvisions
Using Polaroid film as his canvas, photographer Chad Coombs creates a series of artful collage prints that play with perception while referencing retro surrealism imagery.

Featuring "twenty-three micro-layers that unleash 5 thousand chemical reactions", this collection of portraits revives the Art Nouveau aesthetic made popular during the early 1900s.

The Canadian photographer collects a variety of retro portraiture that he finds on the internet and retouches each of the captures digitally. He then re-captures the images with his Polaroid camera and manipulates each exposure with added pen and paintbrush applications. Whether showcasing distorted face depictions of artfully glamorized subjects, this visually vivid portrait series exudes a nostalgic air and successfully merges two opposing aesthetics of retro imagery and modern photo manipulation.