Alexander Khokhlov and Valeriya Kutsan worked together to create a stunning series called “Weird Beauty”. Weird Beauty is a collaboration between a make up artist and a photographer to capture an optical illusion by painting familiar shapes on the models face. While Alexander and Valeriya focused mainly on black and white photography, they did include some color in their series. The photographs with color take on an entire ally different aspect from the black and white photos. Valeriya focused on shapes and abstract lines rather than every day designs. She created stunning paintings on the models faces that Alexander captured brilliantly. In and interview with molempire.com Alexander stated that “we decided to deny any color except black and white to make more accent on forms and volume.” He also mentioned how the models faces in this project are not just canvases for the face-arts – they play their own role in each photo with different parts.
The combined work of Alexander and Valeriya’s work has been labeled startling, illusory, and complicated. Viewers are captured by the start contrast of black and white, as well as the soft shapes of the human face. The painting is so crisp and clear it is almost hard to tell the difference between the curves of the face and the lines of the paint. The two merge so well that there is a fine line between distinguishing the two. Writeedge.com stated that Alexander “cleverly ignored traditional perceptions of make-up, so that there is a truly stunning contrast created.” When taxing upon the photographs one can agree with this statement. Alexander and Valeriya truly created something very new and different in the art world, as well as expanded the boundaries of what one can do with a camera and some make up.