UNIT 3 Chapter 2


Eric Testroete

All of these pictures have a very similar style with the muted colours and range of greens and browns. The subject in each of the photos stays the same as each photo seems ‘de-humanise’ the subject. In the last large photo that is comprised of three individual ones, all taken in a portrait format and due to the low grain on the photos probably take with a low ISO sensitivity of perhaps 160 to 200, the photographer seems to experiment with different depths with adds an extra level to the photograph, giving a voyeristic perspective which makes the viewers feel as if they’re looking into the subject’s life.

Gwon Osang

Gwon Osang is a Korean artist who creates impressive paper sculptures of people and figures made from thousands of photos of the subject. The models themselves are very creepy and erie, because they fall into something called the uncanny valley: on Wikipedia it is described as *’used in reference to the phenomenon whereby a computer-generated figure or humanoid robot bearing a near-identical resemblance to a human being arouses a sense of unease or revulsion in the person viewing it.‘ basically this is where an object or creation is so lifelike it is just short of being human, therefore it is creepy and scary to look at. The photographs seem to have a very basic setup where their lighting and camera settings are concerned; each sculpture is an installation room with full 360 degree lighting this highlights all areas of the sculptures showing the imperfections that bring the sculptures to life.

Visually these photographs and artists are not connected in any way; neither of the artists share the same style of lighting or colour palette, however because contextually these photos have the same idea of mocking reality and changing and remaking the human form they are very much the same.

Naum Gabo

This artist creates very abstract sculptures of the human face and body. Gabo’s works are part of an art movement known as ‘Constructivism’ (A radical art and architectural movement that originated from Russia in the 1920s). One of Gabo’s most famous sculptures, Head No. 2, is currently featured in the Tate Modern museum, the work itself seems to remind me of someone scowling or looking disappointed at someone with their condescending and dominant demeanour. As for the work itself, the sculpture has many gaps and holes that can create deep shadows and contrast from other areas that are more exposed to light to create some interesting and deep moods.

Again with the other photographs these images do not have any direct relevance  in terms of composition or camera techniques, however it is more to do with the ideas that link these artists together. These images seem to be mimicking the human shape and form to create or disfigured a ‘re-imagined’ human developed from their own perspective.

*Wikipedia link here

Ron Mueck

Upon first impressions Mueck’s work is very daunting and very intimidating due to the scale and realism that is presented in his work. Because each of his works are sculptures and not photographs it  is hard to capture the essence of each piece, however by using the lighting in the galleries they’re installed in each of these photographs seems to bring the sculptures to life.


All of Mueck’s work fall into the Uncanny Valley as they’re so lifelike they’re not, this is where a manmade object seems ‘creepy’ and one feels uncomfortable when viewing the piece as it resembles a human so much it is
unpleasant to view, this can be explained in the diagram to the right.

The beautiful idea about Mueck’s work is because his work isn’t of any in particular who is ‘significant’(to the viewers, however to Mueck they may have some importance) it adds more mystery of ‘who is this person’ and Mueck has to capture their personality in the sculpture to convey to us who they are and what they mean to him.

Each of his sculptures feels ‘Dirty’ they feel very explicit and raw in the fact they’re not censored and they feel very real by the way he shows the imperfections in the human face and the imperfections of each character trying to keep them as real as possible.

Patricia Piccinini

Piccinini’s work is a very odd one. Once again, like Ron Mueck’s work her works are either installations or sculptures, therefore they’re hard to capture in just a single photograph. However in terms of photography techniques, the majority of these photos have the same ‘feel’ of Ron Mueck’s photographs as they both have very warm and soft colours and tones in the flesh coloured photographs and this is to make each sculpture look very realistic and lifelike.

And again, like Mueck’s sculptures Piccinini’s works fall into the uncanny valley, however because each of her works are not ‘humans’ they’re very complicated to understand. At a fist glance one would assume it’s just another human sculpture, but intact they’re some humanoid animal that have distorted and very distinct features which some people find creepy and unsettling.

One image in particular speaks to me as I adore the composition and lighting on the image(Bottom left), I feel having the hot air ballon slightly offset to the right and having the camera on an angle tilted up creates a very basic, but please composition. I find it very similar to the works I have been experimenting with and I feel having the very warm and orange hues contrasting on the very bland and subtle background really adds to the image and makes the sculpture stand out. And another level that is show in the image is the scale, due to having people in the image it shows the gravity and size this hot air balloon is, this is very important to have to show the impact and extent of this project.

Zarko Baseski

Baseski creates sculptures that are very, very similar to Ron Mueck’s  not only in ideas, humans, people, faces etc, but also in aspects of scale, Baseski’s sculptures are big, very big. However in contrast to Mueck’s and Piccinini’s works Baseski’s are very dark and look very sinister if study them for long enough, as a viewer you have to work out and understand the mindset of Baseski when he was creating these scuptures.

Each of Baseki’s works is in the ‘Hyper Realist’ style that both Mueck’s and Piccinini’s works are in, and the combining that with the effect of scale on their work to add and extra dimension and to let the viewers see the detail and complexity in each face.


So based off of the research I have done on Eric Testroete and Gwon Osang I have decided to do my own low poly 3D paper head. The process consisted of me 3D modelling my friends head after taking about 4 photos of his head and then I unwrapped that into manageable pieces to print on A4 paper.

Final Build


AO3 Big Head Shoot

After creating the the giant paper head, in the style of Eric Testroete. I did a shoot just to see how well the head came out on camera. The shoot itself I tried to get the subject in every day situations, like Eric Testroete did in his work. I tried to make it seem as if the head was a hinderance to the subject.

Shoot COntact Sheet

I then went on to editing each image to give a ‘Lomo’ and polaroid effect to each image to give a sense of voyeurism and make it seem like the viewer is peeking in on the subjects personal life.

And then I printed out the polaroids and made them looked worn out and as if they’ve been lost and found again.



AO4 Final Head Photographs

These are my final AO4 images.

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