How different can someone appear if you simply change the way that you’d normally look at them? Cape Town-based photographer Anelia Loubser explores this idea in her series Alienation, which is a collection of portraits that capture people turned upside down. The black and white photographs are zoomed in and show us crystal-clear depictions of the eyes, foreheads, and hair in ways that we aren’t used to seeing.
With this slight shift, Loubser creates entirely new faces that are uniquely strange yet oddly familiar because of their human features; a quick glance could make it seem as if these pictures are of alien beings. It results in a beautifully eerie set of images that are wonderfully expressive thanks to forehead wrinkles and arresting sets of eyes. We’re able to appreciate how small changes in our vantage point can produce completely new, interesting compositions and stories.