The series of portraits that is ‘Cosmic Surgery’ has been quietly making its way into the limelight over the past several months. Having featured in this years Foto8 summer show at Host gallery and on the cover of Prism magazine’s special issue in collaboration with PhotoIreland, the young photographer is getting great coverage and recognition for her unusual yet tantalising imagery.
After graduating two years ago, Alma Haser found herself to be the most useful asset to her photography; self portraiture has allowed Haser the freedom to experiment with some of her more creative concepts. This freedom and playful attitude can be clearly seen in her latest series and in the on-going ‘Ten Second Project’. Having the time to practice various photographic and artistic processes on her own has given her the edge when putting ideas into action with alternative models.
The images that make up the series ‘Cosmic Surgery’ feature head and shoulder studio portraits of people who have been purposefully defaced by the inclusion of origami sculptures. The subsequent outcomes are surreal and disconcerting portraits that disrupt the viewers accustomed reading of portraiture, as the standard signifiers of identity have been disarranged in such a way that the sitters almost feel inhuman. Hence the playful and suitably fitting title ‘Cosmic Surgery’, a clear indicator of the inspiration for the project.
As well as taking submissions for her ‘Ten Second Project’ which has brought photographers from all corners of the world to interact with her ‘hide and seek’ concept, Alma Haser is currently assisting photographers and pursuing her own artistic ambitions. For more info click on the following links:
This feature was written by Brighton based photographer Sam Nobes.