Photographer Creates Eye-Catching Organic Portraits Using Plant Life

Photographer Creates Eye-Catching Organic Portraits Using Plant Life

French photographer and digital artist Cal Redback has been creating images that bring new meaning to the term, "organic portraits." Sparked by a fascination with double exposures, Redback began to photograph friends along with local plant life, blending the two together to create a unique set of portraits that seem to take on a life of their own. 

When Redback began to blend a picture of a friend together with a plant in early 2014, he suddenly realized he was on to something different. Unable to conclude how he felt about the image – whether it was something disgusting, weird, or beautiful – he continued to develop this process in which organic elements meet human anatomy.

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a big fan of most composite images. However, the amount of detail in Redback's creations captivates me. When I first stumbled upon the body of work, I found myself zooming into each image. The attention to detail is stunning.

Redback admits that each image was very challenging for him to create. Beyond the technical skill required to make such realistic digital art was the intensive planning behind creating each image. He went on to explain that he wanted to create a body of work that fit one theme, but contained a variety of image styles.

Starting the process by photographing friends in common places, Redback would then go on to photograph a variety of plant life at different angles and in different lighting conditions, which would sometimes takes hours. This process would leave him with a pallet of leaves, branches, roots, thorns, and the other organic elements to work with while creating the final image.

People ask me how much time I spend making one image. It's very difficult to answer 'cause I spend hours and hours finding the perfect angle and part of the plant I'm going to use.

The end result after many hours of painstaking work in Photoshop is a set of images he calls Treebeard that will surely capture your attention.

When asked what's next, Redback tells Fstoppers that he's going to continue to merge organic elements with his portraits, so expect to see the series grow.

Images provided with permission from Cal Redback.

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7 Comments

James Pardon's picture

These are amazing but they freak me out, I feel uncomfortable looking at them!

Fred van Leeuwen's picture

I love these. The photographer spent lot of time and effort retouching these! Great job!

"Unable to conclude how he felt about the image – whether it was something disgusting, weird, or beautiful"

They are all 3, but they are incredible!

James Cooper's picture

This is amazing. Isnt it kind of photo manipulation? I didnt have idea that it can be done during photographing a shot! And yes though you have done a brilliant job but me feeling kind of weird to look at them.

Henry Do's picture

Photoshop. Take pictures of 2 things and put them together using Photoshop.

Dusty Wooddell's picture

Yep. That's literaly all you need to do...

Remy Dukes's picture

very nice but now in itch