Photographing Human Hides (NSFW)

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Photographing Human Hides  (NSFW)

You can tell a lot about a tree by looking at its rings. Likewise, if you could peel the skin off a person, you could tell a lot about their history just by looking at it. And that is precisely what Pennsylvania-based, South Korean photographer June Yong Lee does in his "Torso Series"... ok, well not precisely. June Yong Lee takes a less gory approach by photographing his subjects as he encircles them and then later stitches the frames together in Photoshop. June then cures his digital hides by removing all color, along with any volume created by flesh and bone before enhancing: growths, scars, blemishes, alterations and character that time has added.

“Through the photographs in the Torso series, I want to visually present what skin can reveal to us. By removing the forms and shapes of the body, viewers are asked to consider both the unique and universal characteristics of skin. Digital technology enabled me to create this constructed imagery while still maintaining the reality of the body. This interplay between fiction and non-fiction provides us with objective, detached, and unfamiliar views of the body and its stories. Observing the intimate and subtle details of each individual's history can help us to identify our own personal differences and understand others—and ourselves—better.” -June Yong Lee-

   

“Bodies record personal stories that often differ from how we remember them. Memories are, like scars on skin, fragile; skin reflects who we are and tells stories that we might not always recognize.”-June Yong Lee-

   

“Some scars last longer than others while some heal but never disappear, helping us preserve memory.”-June Yong Lee-

   

“We use tattoos to engrave memories under our skin and make them permanent.”-June Yong Lee-

   

“We change the form of our bodies by losing and gaining weight. Although memories deteriorate with time, our skin never forgets.”-June Yong Lee-

 

The spirit of exploratory photography is alive and well. And to proove it I provided you with this nifty, easy to use, one click link to June Yong Lee's site.  

  Thanks for turning me on to June Yong Lee's work goes to [Feature Shoot] & [En Foco]

 
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6 Comments

He should of just used a D600 and not clean his sensor to get the same effect :P

should have*

Yeah, I can see how that gramerical error can stop Nikon from sucking LOL

Douglas Sonders's picture

Woah creepy

It's in a gallery... WTF do I know anymore about art? I'm gonna go wash windows.

wtf happened to the person in the third last pic? (including the lamp shade pic that is)