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Elegant Multilayered Paper Silhouettes

London-based photographer Dan Tobin Smith, in collaboration with set designer and art director Rachel Thomas, captures the silhouetted profile of a woman in multicolored layers. The creatively dreamy works in this series titled Paper Profiles appear both illustrative and sculptural. While some may speculate that the image is digitally rendered, it is in fact made entirely by hand, as it is the creative duo's signature style to fully construct the scene and simply photograph it.

By combining their areas of expertise and their variations in the way they work, the two artists are able to produce beautifully lit still life portraits. While Thomas prefers to work with a precisely calculated plan for her sets, Smith's photography is driven by the spontaneity of light. It is especially impressive that Thomas has maintained the sharp profile of the woman without shadows creeping our of the contours of the figure. Even in the white profiles, there is a distinction between each layer. The careful placement of each sheet of layering is equally note-worthy.

Dan Tobin Smith website
Rachel Thomas website
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Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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