From cosmetic surgery to getting a manicure, it’s no myth that humans strive to control their bodies. Some take more extreme measures than others. Whether this instinct stems from the desire to live longer or to simply have control of our bodies, culture reveals this fascinating trend. Examples begin with stories such as Blade Runner, Frankenstein, The Matrix, Gattaca, 12 Monkeys, The Island, Terminator and Alien Resurrection.

Margi Geerlinks is a Dutch photographer whose subject is the human body. Using digital techniques in some of her photos she portrays female subjects crafting themselves.

A sense of calmness and identity washes over after viewing her work. Rather than aiming to promote constructed physical ideals, Geerlinks confronts universal emotions toward beauty and bodies. She also gets props for her inventive idea.