╳ Cut and Paste

In an ode to the human body, Damien Blottiere transforms images, through a unique ‘cut and paste’ technique into breath-taking photographs. Much more than a photographer, his distinctive style can be described as a combination of collage and photography.

Describing his work Blottiere says: “I’ve always been interested in images. I started to play with a camera when I was very young. I was fascinated by my father’s little analogue camera which seemed so complicate to use to me at that time. Later, I started to buy fashion magazines as well as, secretly, vintage porn publications (the best way I found then to look at bodies). I was looking at them for hours. Years after, I had the chance to meet talented photographers. Looking at them working I started thinking: “this is what I really want to do!¨ But I don’t really consider myself as a photographer. I feel I make images by hands more than taking pictures.”

Blottiere studied Fashion at the Parisian Art School Duperre and was always interested in images and photography, after graduating he worked as Fashion Editor for Mixte, Purple Fashion and Dazed&Confused until he decided to devote himself entirely to photography. Playing with images, he creates a universe for the models or the objects, by building handmade sets or collages that look like flowers or surrealistic sculptures: all open windows to his childhood and own world of magical fantasy.

Recounting his working method, Blottiere explains: “I follow the skin, the clothes, the bones, the muscles, the shape of the face and body parts, all the silhouette aspects. I need to be alone and let my hands start to do their work. I try to translate or sum up what the subject told me or what I wish he could.” This beautiful film, recorded during a Dazed&Confused fashion shoot, brings to life Blottiere’s two dimensional images in a way that is ephemeral to the core.