Photographer recreates famous abstract portraits using real-life models


posted Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 6:34 PM EST


Inspired by a photo showing the real-life subjects of Grant Wood's American Gothic standing beside the famous painting, 19-year-old Hungarian photographer Flóra Borsi has created her own fantastic, artistic juxtaposition with "The real life models." In this disorienting but captivating photo series, Borsi features real people re-imagined to look like famous abstract portraits standing next to the original paintings.

In the series, which is showcased on her Behance and Facebook pages, Borsi answers the question: "What if abstract models were real people?"

Yes, her striking photo portraits are digitally enhanced but Borsi doesn't say exactly how. "The essence of my photos is to visualize the physically impossible in a form of photo manipulation," she says. "Nowadays almost every photographer use graphics software to complete the picture, like many painters used ‘original version’ in the past. Some artists use pure imagination to paint their artworks, others may prefer to create art by using a real life model as reference for the anatomy."

The effect of Borsi's surreal photo art is charming and magical.

(All images used with permission of the photographer.)

(Via My Modern Met)

Amedeo Modigliani's "Portrait of a Polish Woman" re-imagined (photo by Flóra Borsi)
Pablo Picasso's "Woman with a Green Hat" re-imagined (photo by Flóra Borsi)
Rudolf Hausner's "Gelber Narrenhut" re-imagined (photo by Flóra Borsi)
Kazimir Malevich's "Female Torso" re-imagined (photo by Flóra Borsi)
Kees van Dongen's "The Corn Poppy" re-imagined (photo by Flóra Borsi)