Stoddard’s Human Portraits are Layered With Ominously Dystopic U

 - Feb 11, 2014
References: mymodernmet & seamlessphoto
At only 19 years of age, Florida-born Alex Stoddard is a teen photographer who focuses on infusing the human form with the natural surroundings in his shoots, rendering a surreal presence noticeable among his photography.

His style of photography is often whimsical and his latest installation is no different, littered by sharply surreal portraits that invite the audience to feel and engage in the photographs, mentally and physically. We see the portraits of frail individuals standing on rocks, engulfed in smoke, a man drenched in blood, a man writhing on a beach etc.

On being asked on how much planning and pre-production goes into making a single photograph on photography site Seamless, Stoddard says, "It is dependent on the individual photograph, really. Sometimes I’ll do a ton of research and scouting, collecting very particular elements – location, model, clothing, props. In cases such as that, I can plan for months on end. Other times, I can think of an idea and shoot it in the very same day."