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The Unseen: Surreal Portraits Made Using a Custom-Built Water Tank Set

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Instead of relying on photomanipulation, as is common these days, photographer Lara Zankoul creates surreal photos by putting together elaborate sets. For her project “The Unseen,” Zankoul spent roughly three months planning and building a large tank set that she filled halfway with water.

Zankoul then filled the tank with various models, outfits, props, and even live fish for a series of dreamlike images. Here’s a short video with some behind-the-scenes looks at how the shoot was done:

Here are more images from the project:

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“Usually I like to limit post-processing to color correction only,” Zankoul says in an interview with My Modern Met. “My approach is to create my sets during the photo shoot because I personally find it more self fulfilling.”

You can find more of Zankoul’s work over on her website.


Image credits: Video and photographs by Lara Zankoul and used with permission

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