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Welcome to Whoville: Upside-Down Portraits Show The Alien in All of Us

By Justin Heyes on September 13th 2014

Is there life out there? Probably not, but it doesn’t stop us from imagining what other world creatures would look like. From little green men to Doctor Who, we love aliens, but there is always something inhuman about them. Anelia Loubser, a South Africa based photographer, is literally turning the depiction of aliens on its head.

Alienation-Richard Antrobus

Richard Antrobus

Alienation-Riette van der Walt

Riette van der Walt

Although it seems bizarre at first, the idea behind her series Alienation is to see things from a new perspective. Seemingly boring mugshots are flipped upside-down to reveal creatures that are all too human. Loubser presents her work as “Be introduced to the alienated being inside us all, disconcerting beauty emerges. The work is on the one hand strangely aesthetic, on the other hand mysteriously eerie.

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Alienation-Michael Bosman

Michael Bosman

Alienation-Gys de Villiers

Gys de Villiers

By selectively cropping and flipping, she perfectly pairs facial expressions and composition to mimic the bottom parts of the face with wrinkles on a forehead. As a result, frowns are transform into snarls and eyebrows resemble furry wisps. The portraits look very natural and viewers can easily confuse whether these are the upside down portraits of a human faces or some conspiracy theorist fantasy.

Alienation-Gerrit Loubser

Gerrit Loubser

Alienation-Esther von Waltsleben

Esther von Waltsleben

The inspiration for the series stemmed from a quote by the American self-help author Wayne Dyer; “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change

You can check out the rest of the series on Behance alongside the “original mugshots“.

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Justin Heyes wants to live in a world where we have near misses and absolute hits; great love and small disasters. Starting his career as a gaffer, he has done work for QVC and The Rachel Ray Show, but quickly fell in love with photography. When he’s not building arcade machines, you can find him at local flea markets or attending car shows.

Explore his photographic endeavors here.

Website: Justin Heyes
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  1. Asad Qayyum

    Awesome. Eerie….freaked my little one out.

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    people tend to be so creative ……

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  3. della rossa

    very good post

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  4. Peter McWade

    Thats just too funny. Pretty cool. Wonder what my alien looks like.

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  5. Chuck Eggen

    Wow! That’s creepy. But in a cool way!

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