Beautiful Imperfections


The Human Body Editors’ Pick

“The body is the outermost layer of the mind.” – David Mitchell

Following Roger Ballen’s selection of winning images for our theme ‘THE HUMAN BODY’, this compilation of 20 images, selected by the Life Framer editors represents some of the other talented photographers whose work struck us and left a mark. Some are more literal representations of the theme, and others are more abstract, but each one is a stunning image worthy of exposure and attention.

These are intended to be a conversation starter… so feel free to join the discussion on our social networks.

Banner image courtesy of Joachim Hildebrand.

www.joachim-hildebrand.de and Instagram: @joachim_hildebrand

Image and text courtesy of Ellen Smeets from her series Happiness is a Warm Scalpel.

“When an ugly baby was born from a fine looking couple, the father got suspicious. He found out that the beauty of his wife was the result of a 75,000 euro plastic surgery procedure. He filed a lawsuit against her on the basis of fraud and won 90,000 euro in damages. Our visual society has a major impact on the way we perceive the world and how we see ourselves. The media is jam-packed with idealized images that gradually become a benchmark of the ordinary. This questions the complex relationships between the functioning of the body on the one hand and luxurious alternations to that body on the other. At the core of my research are both the perverse nature of the possibilities and extensive fields of applications available in the medical market on a global context. I am looking at the grey areas between the luxurious and necessary of these physical interventions. By using metaphors, staged photographs and atmospheric images, I’m trying to construct a non-narrative visual story. I’m interested in creating a new world in which the viewer can link the images to each other. The photographs therefore can transcend the literal fidelity and create a surrogate world. The ability of images to fade the border between reality and fiction is part of the research”.


Image courtesy of Luc Kordas.

www.luckordas.com and Instagram: @luckordas

Image courtesy of Alex Farfuri from her series Frishman Beach.

www.alexfarfuri.com and Instagram: @alexfarfuri