Transforming Photoshopped males into distorted, dark-washed portraits, the Enrico Nagel 'Second Sight' series creates a powerful statement. Nagel adjusted each image of the male models using techniques such as burning, coloring, water baths and more to get his desired effect. The beauty of the models in each portrait is now shaded in mystery.
Nagel explains his use of manipulation on his website, stating the photographs have "been suffused with a new ‘history,’ the images seem to pose questions about the story of their own making - initially made to sell products, they now seem to inhabit more personal, strange narratives, while gaining a fictitious historical authenticity." Hence, the apt title of the series 'Second Sight,' as Nagel provides a new vision of beauty.
Dreary Distorted Portraits
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