Glass Houses: Self Portraits Created Using Distorted Mirrors, By Kalliope Amorphous

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Kalliope Amorphous is a self-taught photographer who creates her own alternative processes and methodologies using handmade and alternative lighting as well as experimenting with textiles, surfaces and in-camera distortion techniques. This series, entitled “Glass Houses,”  is a series of self-portraits created using distortion mirrors.

As Kalliope tells it, “These portraits explore the fragmentation of the self, or hidden self, which is often underlaid beneath a facade. These fragmentations are the subconscious or conscious fears and desires which cannot be seen through facial expressions or gestures. I chose to portray these feelings through the complete destruction and distortion of the human form.”

We found this series to be visually alarming to the viewer because the eye naturally tries to make sense of the distorted images based on memories of normal human form. Since the photos are purposely distorted, the viewer subconsciously becomes alarmed because what should appear as whole (the human form) does not. This, along with the striking visuals of each photograph in color and composition, make for a wonderful series. Take a look below!

Glass Houses: Self Portraits Created Using Distorted Mirrors, By Kalliope Amorphous

Glass Houses: Self Portraits Created Using Distorted Mirrors, By Kalliope Amorphous

Glass Houses: Self Portraits Created Using Distorted Mirrors, By Kalliope Amorphous

Glass Houses: Self Portraits Created Using Distorted Mirrors, By Kalliope Amorphous

Glass Houses: Self Portraits Created Using Distorted Mirrors, By Kalliope Amorphous

Glass Houses: Self Portraits Created Using Distorted Mirrors, By Kalliope Amorphous

Glass Houses: Self Portraits Created Using Distorted Mirrors, By Kalliope Amorphous

Glass Houses: Self Portraits Created Using Distorted Mirrors, By Kalliope Amorphous

Glass Houses: Self Portraits Created Using Distorted Mirrors, By Kalliope Amorphous

Glass Houses: Self Portraits Created Using Distorted Mirrors, By Kalliope Amorphous

Glass Houses: Self Portraits Created Using Distorted Mirrors, By Kalliope Amorphous

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  • Maureen

    There’s something very provocative about the surreal quality of these photos. Great work!

    • Enzo Scavone

      I think that’s great work, too. What would you say makes this provocative?

  • Erin

    what kind of camera was used?