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May 6, 2016 12:04 AM   Subscribe

Portuguese photographer Tomba Lobos uses "caucasian skin color play dough" to enhance portraits:

P H O T O G R A P H S / 1
P H O T O G R A P H S / 2
posted by Johnny Wallflower (30 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
 
Not sure yet if these are hilarious or deeply disturbing! I guess we'll find out tonight when I try to go to sleep!
posted by DoctorFedora at 12:18 AM on May 6, 2016 [5 favorites]


A few in the second series were quite good; he should have been more selective to increase its impact. It reminds me of Asger Carlsen's Hester, but with a less sculptural, more distinct body horror vibe.
posted by nagemi at 12:20 AM on May 6, 2016


NO
NO
NO
NO
NO
posted by schroedinger at 12:20 AM on May 6, 2016 [9 favorites]


nightmares forever
posted by schroedinger at 12:21 AM on May 6, 2016 [2 favorites]


The media wants to know: is this the new face of Anonymous?
posted by I-baLL at 12:23 AM on May 6, 2016 [1 favorite]


Apparently the nurses from Silent Hill eventually gave up wandering around the dark corridors of abandoned hospitals, settled down and had lots and lots of horrible, putty-faced children.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 12:34 AM on May 6, 2016 [5 favorites]


(Either that, or Gumby knocked up a lot of groupies in the 80s.)
posted by Ursula Hitler at 12:39 AM on May 6, 2016 [5 favorites]


AARGH WHY DID I LOOK AT THAT I HATE YOU SO MUCH JOHNNY WALLFLOWER
posted by langtonsant at 12:46 AM on May 6, 2016 [3 favorites]


"enhance" ?
I beg to differ.
posted by key_of_z at 12:51 AM on May 6, 2016 [2 favorites]


I love that my mind wrestles with these pictures.

(As if I had not been haunted enough by Pink Floyd's exploration into the genre.)
posted by Conway at 1:02 AM on May 6, 2016


You did this after midnight on purpose, didn't you?
posted by rokusan at 1:09 AM on May 6, 2016


I like body horror, but most of these look like faces with play doh stuck all over them. It's not really doing it for me. I like the concept, though.
posted by Omnomnom at 2:11 AM on May 6, 2016


Fucking. Clickers.
posted by deadaluspark at 2:21 AM on May 6, 2016


I love these! it's cool that he references Chris Cunningham, and Cronenburg's visual effects - a lot of the best vfx are done by starting with real filmed elements, and then combining and adding to them like this. I would love to try to push the idea further, though, like take a bit of hair from the person, and incorporate it into the playdough, or do more elaborate sculpting.
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 3:00 AM on May 6, 2016


I think these would be better if he bought a few bags of teeth.
posted by Fraxas at 3:23 AM on May 6, 2016 [7 favorites]


yesssssss
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 3:26 AM on May 6, 2016


Strangely reminiscent of my childhood inside a creepypasta.
posted by beerperson at 4:53 AM on May 6, 2016


So this is what happened to Mummenschanz.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 5:03 AM on May 6, 2016 [2 favorites]


I love Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and have watched it many times. But without fail, the scenes that involve PEOPLE'S FACES DISAPPEARING always creep me out.

This is like that, but creepier.
posted by damayanti at 5:15 AM on May 6, 2016 [1 favorite]


First series: heh these are cool but they look like playdoh protuberances
Second series: hmm a bit more realis--THE THINGS EMBEDDED IN THE FACE NO CNTLW CNTLW
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:22 AM on May 6, 2016 [1 favorite]


The ONE time I click the link before reading the comments

never again.
posted by Fig at 7:48 AM on May 6, 2016 [1 favorite]


It makes them look like post-surgery burn patients.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 8:12 AM on May 6, 2016


Sweet dreams everyone.
posted by prepmonkey at 8:39 AM on May 6, 2016


aaaaaaaaaaagh nop
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 9:02 AM on May 6, 2016


So, uh, how do I go about doing this? Next Halloween, I want to be the vague memory of your nightmares.
posted by I-baLL at 9:49 AM on May 6, 2016 [1 favorite]


While it is of course impossible to accurately ascertain what a historical figure may have intended, we now believe that Hasbro's R&D team was, with their invention of "Play-Doh", attempting to create one of the earliest recorded Flesh Interfaces devised by Americans.
posted by Greg Nog at 10:38 AM on May 6, 2016 [1 favorite]


I thought at first he was Play-Doh-ing on the photo and then just re-photographing using the same light direction, which is cool... Somehow using photoshop seems like cheating. I have weirdly inflexible personal expectations about surreal art I guess?
posted by pseudostrabismus at 11:32 AM on May 6, 2016


As an artist, google is your friend because some French guy may have already had your idea but executed it better.
posted by cmoj at 11:54 AM on May 6, 2016 [1 favorite]


Well, I don't think the Play-Dough guy was really ripping off the French guy, just like the French guy wasn't ripping off the Mummenschanz (SLMuppet Show, and maybe one of the show's weirdest, most wonderful moments). Plopping clay on faces is probably one of the first things humans did.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 1:49 PM on May 6, 2016


As an artist, google is your friend because some French guy may have already had your idea

I love that performance. so incredible
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 11:33 PM on May 7, 2016 [1 favorite]


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