Artistry, Photography, and Poetry – Roman Sakovich

I came across these photos while surfing the web and decided to share them since they were so captivating. Created by London-based photographer Roman Sakovich, Half gives us a glimpse of the drastic visual differences that substance abuse can cause. What makes it even better is that the series was done without any use of Photoshop according to Sakovich. The transformations were accomplished with skilled costuming and makeup design rather than post picture splicing and merging. By splitting his subjects’ style choices and physical appearances straight down the middle, Sakovich presented a before and after composite image that shows the viewer two timelines—one of the addict and one of the non-user. All in all I think that made these images extremely creative, and I simply had to share them here at Take a look and share your thoughts.

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3 Responses to Artistry, Photography, and Poetry – Roman Sakovich

  1. Dclay3 says:

    This is very creative and very informative. By looking at the photos, its evident that addiction has no predilection for one group. It crosses many barriers: race, class, and educational backgrounds. Very cool find BJazz.

  2. PoliticalK says:

    Very interesting post sir. The photographer did a great job at depicting the transformation. His attention to detail resulted in very realistic “after” looks. Question….Are they representing meth addicts?

  3. cthebizzybee says:

    I’m with PoliticalK, did he mention what drug(s) these individuals are addicted to. Some may not think that it matters, but all of his subjects seem to be White and for the most part professionals (which I deduced from their work attire on the left). Drugs tend to be stereotypical in who uses them. Think about who’s more likely to be arrested for having marijuana on their person, who’s more likely to have heroine and who is more likely to steal meds from their job. Maybe I’m going too deep into this and reading too far into his choice of subjects. Or am I? Art is supposed to invoke thought, lead you to ask questions and challenge you to think outside of the obvious. Maybe that’s what he’s doing here. Good post!

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