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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Hungarian Artist and Photographer Flóra Borsi Explores the Human-Animal Connection in a Series of Manipulated Photos

The relationship between humans and animals is one that many artists have explored since the beginning of time. And since people haven’t stopped loving animals both domestic and wild, it’s still a theme that draws in art-lovers and animal-lovers alike.

Hungarian artist and photographer Flóra Borsi explores the human-animal connection in a series of manipulated photos called Animeyed, where she “shares” an eye and creates a double portrait of herself and the animal.

The results are startling and beautiful, and Flóra manages to create a distinct character in each portrait, changing her hair and makeup to reflect the appearance of the animal.

While animals are of course lovely to look at, capturing them in art is also an important reminder to viewers that they share a planet with us, and that we must remember their needs as well as our own.

Like the photographer who captures endangered animals to raise awareness for their protection, Flóra’s photos remind us that we each have a deep connection to nature, even if we don’t always remember that.


To capture the personality of the animal, and to make herself blend into the animal’s appearance, Flóra uses makeup and effects.
Lacy ears and dramatic “cat-eye” eyeliner recall a slinky black cat.



Orange hair and lipstick match this goldfish’s shiny scales. To line up her eye and the animal’s, Flóra uses digital manipulation. So the fish isn’t out of the water, don’t worry!


  
And while the photos are beautiful, she still retains a sense of humor, like this fishy portrait, complete with matching hair!

  


Her portraits each have a distinct feeling and character to them, shaped by the color and texture of the animal, as well as the associations that we humans have with them. This white dove, for example, suggests purity.




Flóra herself also seems to become different in the presence of the different animals, and especially thanks to the makeup and costuming.




She captures the moods we associate with the animals perfectly, like this nervous rabbit.


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