Haunting, black-and-white self-portraits by young Hungarian artist mesmerize Flickr fans


posted Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 6:36 PM EST


Noell S. Oszvald does not want to be called a photographer, claiming she's "not yet one" in a message to Imaging Resource when we contacted her about her work. While the 22-year-old, Hungarian artist is, perhaps, being modest, the reaction to her surreal, black-and-white self-portrait photos has not been.

After Oszvald's Flickr page attracted thousands of fans, her haunting images, which recall a Bergman film mixed with a Salvador Dali painting, have been featured on photo blogs and art sites around the world. That's pretty amazing for an artist who only started taking photos and creating image manipulations a little over a year ago.

While we weren't able to get Oszvald to explain her process for creating her striking work -- a message to her via her Flickr page about what camera and technique she uses went unanswered -- that could be in keeping with her philosophy about her photos.

"I don't want to tell people what to see in my images," Oszvald told My Modern Metropolis. "This is the reason why I never really write any descriptions other than titles. It shows what I wish to express but everyone is free to figure out what the picture says to them. It's very interesting to read so many different thoughts about the same piece of work."

Oszvald notes that she only shoots in black and white because she finds colors to be a distraction. "I feel the same way about clothes and other matters of appearance, which why I like to reduce my images to forms, composition and content," she says.

Check out her work below, which is being featured here with her permission.

(Via Bored Panda)

Prejudice (photo by Noell S. Oszvald)
Cage (photo by Noell S. Oszvald)
Caught (photo by Noell S. Oszvald)
Destiny (photo by Noell S. Oszvald)
Nightmare (photo by Noell S. Oszvald)
Prisoner of My Soul (photo by Noell S. Oszvald)
Reachless (photo by Noell S. Oszvald)
Silence (photo by Noell S. Oszvald)
Sinking (photo by Noell S. Oszvald)
The good, the bad, and the lost (photo by Noell S. Oszvald)