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The Aisha Zeijpveld 'What Remains' Series is Inspiring

By crafting bodily optical illusions, the Aisha Zeijpveld 'What Remains' series obscures reality. These captures were taken by Amsterdam-based photographer Aisha Zeijpveld. According to her website, Zeijpveld's "focus on people their nakedness and vulnerability yet simultaneously their potency and pride characterizes her photography." In order to create that capacity in her work, the 'What Remains' series was based around the sketches of Austrian artist Egon Schiele. By translating these sketches into photographs, Zeijpveld recreates the expressive figures portrayed by Schiele often were "unfinished."

Zeijpveld positions her models into intricate body positions that provide an awkward stiffness allowing for their silhouettes to dissolve into the cardboard backgrounds. This technique enhances the "unfinished" nature of the photographs providing an sense of absurdism to the portraits. This amalgamation of dreams and reality is what Zeijpveld is after.