Photographer Lin Yung Cheng, aka 3cm, bends reality in his series of mirrored portraiture. The images feature human figures, their faces obscured, whose limbs are doubled with the addition of a mirror that is pointed on the ground or resting on their body. The results are bizarre contortions that transform the subjects into alien-like figures—an effect that is as intriguing as it is eerie.
“My photography style is more like surrealism,” Cheng tells My Modern Met, “but I would like to define it as ‘the surrealism in reality.’ A mirror is an extension of reality that allows the body to enter another body and be twisted and rebuilt.” His style is informed by poetry, and it plays an important role in the creative process. “Through reading,” he explains, “the imagination and the emergence of poetry/words are combined with my life experience, which leads to the creation of my works.”
In addition to mirror photography, Cheng divides the body in another way. Using a marker or two, lines are drawn on the human figure to create triangles, circles, and rectangles which have the effect of flattening the figure.
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