As the academic drawing principles say, any object can be reduced to its simplest form — the geometric shape. It concerns even the most diversified and unique things like a human face. Such idea reappears in various works since the 80s and every comeback is glorious. Like this one!
First, let me introduce you pareidolia, which, for those who didn’t know, is the psychological phenomenon messing up with your perception of things. Like seeing faces in power outlets or creatures in the clouds — ‘what has been seen cannot be unseen’ kind of stuff. This concept put the basis for ‘I See Faces’ personal project.
Actually, it owes the name to pareidolia again, because the global movement has started with a hashtag people used to show more of these extravagant visions they were meeting everywhere (be careful with it, you may find yourself scrolling through the Memphis-imbued images and slowly losing contact with reality).
In order to share the idea, that everything embodies a geometric shape, Josep Prat Sorolla, Alvaro Penalta and Francho Lazaro teamed up to picture the 80s retro style as portraits of 6 characters. Pale skin and vivid colors contrast with each other, also representing, according to the authors, “lack of polychromy and statism of the sculptures from the classical Greek and Roman art”.
Each shot is a confluence of plastic forms and human anatomy, coexisting to show you six different emotions. Try to mentally erase the human presence from every picture — will your mind show the previous image anyway?