oleg dou: cubs

ART 2011.09.30 05:46
oleg dou: cubs




'cubs' by oleg dou
all images courtesy oleg dou
(above) 'fawn', 2009
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image © oleg dou



a modern interpretation of an old practice, 'cubs' by moscow-based photographer oleg dou
is a series of images that draw from the aesthetic and ambience of child funeral portraits.
utilizing a muted palette with a stark backdrop, the porcelain-like subjects are morphed to
display discerning features of various animals, such as a set of slender antlers for 'fawn'
and perked-up ears in 'rabbit'. the result is a whimsical collection of portraits that play into
the innocent adolescence of the characters while still maintaining an eery sense of death
and mortality.

the choice to transform the children into animal-like creatures was spawned from an
unhappy childhood memory of the photographer where he had to dress up as a white rabbit
for a party: 'I couldn't pretend being happy in front of the camera, I hated being photographed.
the image finally reflected my discomfort and my vexation.' conceived from his sketches,
all the costumes shown in the series were tailored by dou's mother.



'mole', 2011
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image © oleg dou




'monkey', 2009
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image © oleg dou



'goat', 2009
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image © oleg dou



'pig', 2010
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image © oleg dou



'rabbit', 2010
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image © oleg dou



'puppy', 2010
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image © oleg dou



'fawn 2', 2010
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image © oleg dou


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