The Hague, Netherlands-based photographer Olya Oleinic's recent series 'Natural' is a little odd as far as fashion shoots go. While most shoots and editorials seek to emphasize clothing or models, Oleinic obscures them with leaves and foliage.
Looking through many of the shots, one can't help but think of Rene Magritte's famous painting 'The Son of Man,' in which a floating green apple hides the face of man wearing a suit and a bowler hat. Throughout the series, model Anfisa Voitenco's face is obscured by large leaves and plants.
Even when the photographs don't seem to be directly influenced by Magritte, they're still pretty surreal. Ironically, it's because the model's face is hidden behind foliage that one is drawn to look closer. Olya Oleinic and her assistant Stefaniya Gutovska have done a good job at piquing viewers' interest in this respect.
This Olya Oleinic Series is Green and Artsy
1. Surreal Fashion Photography - There is a growing trend in fashion photography where models' faces are obscured by various elements, such as foliage.
2. Artistic Fashion Editorials - Fashion shoots are taking a more artistic approach, incorporating surreal elements to create visually captivating editorials.
3. Influence of Surrealism in Fashion - The influence of surrealism, as seen in the works of Rene Magritte, is becoming more apparent in the fashion industry, with photographers and designers embracing this aesthetic.
1. Fashion Photography - Photographers specializing in fashion can explore the use of surreal elements, like foliage, to create unique and eye-catching editorials.
2. Fashion Design - Fashion designers can draw inspiration from surreal art and incorporate elements of surprise and intrigue into their collections.
3. Art Galleries - Art galleries can feature exhibitions that showcase the intersection between fashion and surrealism, highlighting the work of photographers like Olya Oleinic.