Surreal Photos Feature Cloned Subjects by Daisuke Takakura

Japanese photographer Daisuke Takakura clones people. Not really, of course, but in his surreal project titled Monodramatic, the same subject appears three, four, and even ten times in a composition. A single model takes on a range of animated poses while looking at and away from the camera. Set in parks, forests, and urban settings, clones interact with the landscape in a number of creative ways. Takakura's dedication to the series means that sometimes, figures are barely visible and off in the far distance.

The photographer intends Monodramatic as an exploration of the idea of “self,” and how a person can see themselves in many different ways. In Takakura's images, these personalities meet and even interact with one another. Some play games while others shy away from the crowd. Their revealing movements and facial expressions conjure dramatics, and Takakura's title references the theater and acting – it means a piece that's played by a single character.

Daisuke Takakura website
via [PetaPixel]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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