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.
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.”
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.
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”