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Bēhance

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I started making these photocompositions to censor graffiti writers and street artists who were worried about the exposure of their faces on the Internet in pictures taken while they were committing acts of vandalism and other criminal activities.

Not only the artists were happy with the result, but also graffiti… Read More
I started making these photocompositions to censor graffiti writers and street artists who were worried about the exposure of their faces on the Internet in pictures taken while they were committing acts of vandalism and other criminal activities.

Not only the artists were happy with the result, but also graffiti lovers and street art enthusiasts truly enjoyed these digital collages; and both encouraged me to make more.

So I started travelling to the artists' studios and workplaces to take portrait pictures of them in their natural habitat, surrounded by their tools and weapons, and making more elaborate compositions to deeply integrate them with their characters.

I started with my friends, then friends of friends, and finally artists I had never met before but whose work I also admired; not only street artists and graffiti writers, but also painters, graphic designers, illustrators, sculptors, photographers, fashion designers, tattoo artists, game developers, calligraphers, and other specimen; including some eclectic subjects who devote their time to various of the aforementioned activities. People who work behind the scenes; artists who install their work on the public space without asking for permission; graphic designers who draw extraordinary illustrations for clients without being credited in the final campaign; calligraphers who create beautiful logos for companies, painters who work on movie sets... I believe it is important to document the existence and environment of these artists, as it is very easy to find their works around, but it is not so easy to find information about the person behind it.

This project could not exist without all the people who opened the doors of their houses, studios and workplaces, and let me capture a moment of their life, trusting my skills to portray them preserving their anonymity.
I would like to express my most sincere gratitude to them for taking part in this experiment, and for bravely offering themselves to become mutants happily.

This is a lifetime project, I can always meet and discover some new interesting specimen who deserve to be portrayed and merged with their creations to update and improve this freak show. Read Less
Member Since: Oct 24, 2012