Rewriting photography: series 'Polaroids' by Chad Coombs
Twenty-three micro-layers that unleash 5 thousand chemical reactions. It’s Polaroid film, a photographic "canvas" on which young photographer Chad Coombs (born in 1982) intervenes with an Art Nouveau style from the early 1900s.
The Canadian photographer takes photographic portraits found on the net, retouches them digitally, immortalizes them with his Polaroid camera and then manipulates then with a pen and paintbrush.
The final effect is far removed from a pictorial aesthetic, and is concentrated on neuralgic parts of faces taken from glossy magazines, tied to fashion or advertising, which he deforms with incisions that are both surreal and sensual: images in which the grotesque and perfect beauty coexist.
Photos via © chadcoombs.com