Photographer Uses Bright Balloons To Portray Deep Emotions in Striking Self-Portraits

Conceptual Self Portrait Photography by Fares Micue

“Chasing illusions”

Steeped in poignant imagery, the work of photographer Fares Micue is instantly recognizable. Usually filled with lush flowers and foliage, delicate butterflies, and even folded pieces of origami, her symbolic self-portraits reveal hidden inner worlds through their imaginative and conceptual visual narratives. However, in some of her most recent images, she exchanges her usual flora and fauna for vivid spherical balloons that float in the air around her, lending new depth and meaning to her striking portraits.

“When I use plants and organic elements in my images, I often use them to reflect the feeling of growth and how our lives, in many ways, follow the same pattern of nature,” Micue tells My Modern Met. “In the opposite, balloons are often a direct interpretation of feelings and energy, things that are around us shaping our life experience, whether clouding our souls, making us fly, or giving us hope. The round shape is a natural and constant pattern in the Universe and is present in the most important elements like the Sun, Moon, planets, or blood cells. Balloons are delicate and fragile, like feelings. And, without corners, they can't hide anything, making them ideal to portray honesty and transparency.”

Each of Micue’s images tells its own story, often inspired by the location, where it was photographed. Forgotten ruins can become a metaphor for time accompanied by constant change and the necessity to let things go as we continue to evolve and grow. “For example, in my image Chasing illusions, I constantly saw these stairs on my way to another shooting location,” Micue explains. “They are located in an old, big water dam. It made me think about the time when the dam was full of water and had been helpful for the farmers around. But now it is now forgotten and in ruins.”

“In [that photo], I explore those feelings that no longer resonate with who we are or want to become and that, for our own good, we should let go,” she continues. “But instead of that, we keep chasing them to an unknown or unhappy ending because of fear or insecurity of following our true feelings.”

See more of Micue’s stunning balloon self-portrait series below. To keep up with the latest from the artist, visit her website and follow her on Instagram. You can also catch her during the upcoming Boynes Emerging Artist Award, where she will be a member of the competition’s 5th Edition jury.

If you’d like to hear more about Micue’s own journey and artistic process, then give a listen to her episode on the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast.

Photographer Fares Micue exchanges her usual flora and fauna for vivid spherical balloons in her latest self-portrait series.

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“Contagious energy”

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“Winter blues” (Photo: Courtesy of Fares Micue and Artstar)

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“Revive your curiosity”

The floating orbs are a metaphor for the feelings and energies that surround us and shape our lives.

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“High hopes”

Conceptual Self Portrait Photography by Fares Micue

“The happiness source”

Conceptual Self Portrait Photography by Fares Micue

“Sweet and comfortable”

In Micue's self-portraits, “balloons are delicate and fragile, like feelings” and are useful tools to portray honesty and transparency.

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“Endless options” (Photo: Courtesy of Fares Micue and Artstar)

Conceptual Self Portrait Photography by Fares Micue

“I choose you”

Conceptual Self Portrait Photography by Fares Micue

“Wherever you take me”

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Fares Micue.

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Arnesia Young

Arnesia Young is a contributing writer for My Modern Met and an aspiring art historian. She holds a BA in Art History and Curatorial Studies with a minor in Design from Brigham Young University. With a love and passion for the arts, culture, and all things creative, she finds herself intrigued by the creative process and is constantly seeking new ways to explore and understand it.
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