These creepy dolls are actually real humans

[From Gizmodo]

These Creepy Dolls Are Actually Real Humans

By Sam Biddle
Apr 20, 2012

Even if these were toys, [they’d] be super, super unsettling to look at. The dead eyes. The bleached skin. The lack of any discernible genitalia. But they’re flesh and blood humans, transformed into terrifying figurines [the photos are at the “Portraits & Fashion” link].

Photographer Hayden Wood’s brilliantly strange new project “Living Dolls,” shows off his career as an advertising and photo manipulation pro. Only now he’s advertising the Uncanny Valley instead of… things. Barbie and Ken, the quintessential image of friendliness and love, are now the stuff of nightmare. Like demonic Real Dolls. Excellent work, Hayden.

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  1. alison frangicetto
    Posted April 29, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    I had to look at these photos and do a few double-takes to believe these were infact photos of humans meant to look like dolls. I am amazed at the skills of this photographer. They really do look like straight up barbies. The legs especially look plastic and unreal. But then if you’ve ever taken a studio and lighting class or worked in a studio, you can start to understand how they were captured this way. also, the editing process must have been very difficult- but she achieved what she wanted, that’s for sure..

  2. Eric Onyechefule
    Posted May 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    I can’t believe these dolls are actual humans. I just like Allison had to do numerous double takes because I can’t believe they are humans, they look too much like Barbie dolls. I wanted to know who are their make up artists! This is too crazy, look and look but I still can’t understand how they are real people!

  3. Kavita Nayar
    Posted May 7, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    This is an interesting example of inverse presence where real humans are made to appear mediated, or not real, in some way. In light of growing criticism regarding the ways in which magazines (and media in general) objectify and set unrealistic expectations for the female body, it is noteworthy to see a photographer make an artistic statement by actually transforming the body (male and female) into object. It is even more controversial to transform them into toys made for children. I think this is indicative of a trend in fashion and design that attempts to reign in the unruly body by turning it into machine or object.

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