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Silly Portraits of People with Scotch Tape on Their Faces

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For the past couple of months, Albuquerque, New Mexico-based photographer Wes Naman has been working on a lighthearted personal project called “Scotch Tape,” a series that features bizarre portraits of subjects who have their faces wrapped tightly with strips of Scotch tape.

Naman works with the subjects to distort their faces in various ways (e.g. bending the nose, twisting the lips, stretching the eyebrows), and then uses the tape to freeze those facial features in those positions.

What contributes further to the weird looks is the fact that in some of the shots the subjects are attempting to remove the tape using only their facial muscles.

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Jakob Schiller of Wired recently paid a visit to Naman’s studio during one of his “Scotch Tape” shoots. He has written up a nice article that provides some additional info on how the series came about and how the images are created.

You can find the entire set of Scotch Tape photos so far over on Naman’s website, and can follow him on Facebook if you’d like to keep up with future additions to the series.


P.S. The series reminds us a lot of photographer Tadao Cern’s Blow Job project, which features portraits of people whose faces are being blasted by a leaf blower.


Image credits: Photographs by Wes Naman


 
  • http://www.purseblog.com/ Vlad Dusil

    These are f’ing awesome. Clever idea and well executed, I hope tearing the tape off didn’t sting too much.

  • Robisierra

    nice work :)

  • DamianMonsivais

    I grow weary of these projects

    Its simple and pointless.

    Portraits of people with _____________ .

    comment in to Fill in the blanks.

  • francisbasco

    niiice.. but will have nightmares tonight :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/da.bayou Ayoub Degui

    zombies …. zombies everywhere

    lol funny and great work

  • Mark N

    I hear what you’re saying – I commented in a similar fashion a couple of days back on the painted children’s toys. I like these, however. The subjects’ expressions, magnified tenfold by the tape plus the costuming make for a project that i feel stands on its own merits.

  • Mark N

    I hear what you’re saying – I commented in a similar fashion a couple of days back on the painted children’s toys. I like these, however. The subjects’ expressions, magnified tenfold by the tape plus the costuming make for a project that i feel stands on its own merits.

  • http://twitter.com/THEGREATZEEE THE GREAT ZEEE

    my next project. “SELF PORTRAIT OF SOME ONE ELSE PICKING YOUR NOSE”

  • Jer

    Martin Scoeller did a portait almost exactly like these of Steve Carell. It’s an interesting idea, but could be taken so much further. I hope Wes continues to push the idea.

  • DamianMonsivais

    THANK YOU we should all do this

  • DamianMonsivais

    It doesn’t

    its simply cheesy

  • Zenita Hill

    This is like what I worked on for my second series!

    http://zenitahill.crevado.com/distorted-faces

  • Mark N

    Oh, ok. Well I guess that settles that then, doesn’t it!

  • DamianMonsivais

    Well I guess it does settle it!

  • Anonymous

    Exactly… It’s one thing if you have an interesting idea… It’s another if you’re just redoing another photographer’s idea without adding anything to it. Not only is it a form of plagiarism, but it’s also just plain boring to see the same concept twice…

    Link for those who are interested:

    http://filmmakeriq.com/2012/09/steve-carell-by-martin-schoeller/

  • hugh crawford

    Larry Wiliams did a photo book like this in the 1970s. I think it was titled Self Portraits as a DeKooning Painting. I think there were less than a thousand copies printed.

  • madmax

    Awesome! The one with the axe is epic…

  • quickpick

    new designs for the future butchered cosmetic surgery jobs :D :D :D

  • http://twitter.com/photoblog_ie patrick dinneen

    Anyone remember Spitting Image. They look exactly like the puppets on it!

  • Jack

    “I grow weary of these projects”
    …..apparently not “weary” enough to keep you from making a “simple”,”pointless” and I will throw in self serving remark.

  • Ralph Hightower

    All I can think of is when the Scotch tape comes off. OUCH!

  • Yahmule

    I grow weary of people whining about this and that on the internet. Other people, I mean. It’s okay when I do it.

  • elmo

    What’s that picture of Pelosi doing in here?

  • DamianMonsivais

    I gave attention to the images because it needs to stop. If I or no one say’s nothing it will continue to happen and become acceptable to look at mediocrity.

  • Roy

    I’m sure that Don Quichot would’ve supported your quest.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ange.cavaleriorne Ange Angelayla Cavaleri-Orne

    all I can say is OUCH!

  • Mark

    Silly? Smart big buzz marketing idea, It’s Nr 1 in Popular Posts on Petapixel. And only from here 1.3 k likes, 240 tweets… if its silly i want to have such a silly ideas.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lalosh.gad Lolli Gad

    People should go crazy sometimes =D!!! smart idea from a smart person ,, I just like it a lot.

  • _

    Re: 4th from last, guns are neither silly nor funny.

  • Red McGarry

    As a 3M stock holder – love the consumption of more Scotch Tape. You might consider 811 removeable tape.

  • de1irium

    And what are you doing with your life that’s so terribly interesting?

  • de1irium

    Neither are axes or cigarettes, what’s your point?

  • DT

    When tape on people’s faces stops being funny, people will stop taking photos of it. So never.

  • DevourCatering

    That was hilarious, I think I am going to try it out on my son