Surreal Two-Faced Portrait Series by Sebastian Bieniek

Surreal Two-Faced Portrait Series by Sebastian Bieniek

Berlin-based artist/photographer Sebastian Bieniek created photo series, "Doublefaced", depicting the routines of a two-faced girl as she goes about her daily life.

Sebastian's visual effect is surprisingly effective given that the make-up work was created simply by drawing on the side of his model's face with an eye lining pencil and lipstick. The results are undeniable striking.

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For more works by Sebastian Bieniek check him out on Facebook...
Sebastian Bieniek fstoppers fine art double faced photography portrait
... or on his home page. In the mean time here are 12 minutes of Sebastian smacking himself up.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn2JvxWYKhE&noredirect=1
 
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17 Comments

Makes me cry in desperation.
While the basic idea is absolutely awesome (I give it 10/10) the execution is excruciatingly poor. Looks like what I would expect to get from a teenage girl on youtube.
Call a top-notch makeup artist and redo the shooting.

The execution is his choice. You can't call it poor. If that was what he wanted, the execution is awesome. Open your mind.

I agree! The idea is genius--reminded me of Picasso--but I'm not a fan of his personal execution. Its not even the make-up so much as the distracting backgrounds and props. I understand that this is what he wanted but I would have liked to have seen something a little more creative beyond just the makeup.

I wouldn't call the execution poor. It certainly isn't "beautiful" in the traditional sense, but I think the point was to make the photographs rather ordinary looking (for lack of better word) so that the emphasis is on the freakiness.

My take is that he was trying to give the viewer an experience of something really weird in a very natural, normal, dull, everyday, plain setting. I think traditionally "good looking" photography would ruin that experience.

art must be serious.

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These really freak me out.

I don't think he was going for the perfect look....clearly not, so the simple crayon look was certainly done on purpose, in which case good stuff. :)

Seems obvious to me it me being called Doublefaced (two faced?) it is a comment on how we show ourselves to the world, usually differently to different viewers. He seems to be emphasizing this by using "self applied" makeup. Not beauty makeup. lets expand our imagination and visual vocabulary.

These are really disturbing, but I enjoyed them.

I don't care about the makeup, but I hate to see someone take an idea shoot several snapshots on the same topic and be called a photographer and an artist. I only see images I already saw, only this time with a drawn face and with little eye for composition and detail..

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Maybe a little jealousy going on here? ;)

I don't think so. Or maybe... Maybe I am jealous for not being promoted as an artist for choosing a subject and shooting 20 photos on it, without any regard for some principles of photography. For a normal person, it's an idea, a project to work on, to perfect and with regard to composition and everything else. I am sorry, but I can not see the value in this as I could in the artist who actually took a photograph and did not need to draw on someone. And with all the time in the world these aren't as half as good as the ones I am refering to.

The concept is Picasso-esque. I think the drawing could have been a little even more simplistic to get the full effect but I like the idea.

The fact that I often had to try very hard to force myself to see what was really there, beyond the tricks being played on my mind by the simple drawings was pretty freaky!

Fantastic playful images! I love the simple surrealism. Great job Sebastian :)

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That may be the case, but I don't think it is strictly an American phenomenon. Every one has blind spots and taste. I think any artist who strives for a particular aesthetic runs the risk of developing such a strong taste for it that they become prejudiced against work on the opposite end of the spectrum (ie. Glamor photographers will sometimes have a hard time liking "grunge" photos, retouching artists will find "straight" photography almost repulsive, etc.)

wow... That was stupid... I think I'd like it better if he repeated the video but used a baseball bat instead of his hands.