oleg dou: cubs oleg dou: cubs
sep 27, 2011

oleg dou: cubs

‘cubs’ by oleg dou all images courtesy oleg dou (above) ‘fawn’, 2009 130x89cm/180x123cm/260x178cm C-print under diasec. image © oleg dou

a modern interpretation of an old practice, ‘cubs’ by moscow-based photographer oleg dou is a series of images that draw from the aesthetic and ambience of child funeral portraits. utilizing a muted palette with a stark backdrop, the porcelain-like subjects are morphed to display discerning features of various animals, such as a set of slender antlers for ‘fawn’ and perked-up ears in ‘rabbit’. the result is a whimsical collection of portraits that play into the innocent adolescence of the characters while still maintaining an eery sense of death and mortality.

the choice to transform the children into animal-like creatures was spawned from an unhappy childhood memory of the photographer where he had to dress up as a white rabbit for a party: ‘I couldn’t pretend being happy in front of the camera, I hated being photographed. the image finally reflected my discomfort and my vexation.’ conceived from his sketches, all the costumes shown in the series were tailored by dou’s mother.

‘mole’, 2011 130x89cm/180x123cm/260x178cm C-print under diasec. image © oleg dou

‘monkey’, 2009 130x89cm/180x123cm/260x178cm C-print under diasec. image © oleg dou

‘goat’, 2009 130x89cm/180x123cm/260x178cm C-print under diasec. image © oleg dou

‘pig’, 2010 130x89cm/180x123cm/260x178cm C-print under diasec. image © oleg dou

‘rabbit’, 2010 130x89cm/180x123cm/260x178cm C-print under diasec. image © oleg dou

‘puppy’, 2010 130x89cm/180x123cm/260x178cm C-print under diasec. image © oleg dou

‘fawn 2’, 2010 130x89cm/180x123cm/260x178cm C-print under diasec. image © oleg dou

via la lettre de la photographie

  • scary and morbid

    Alex says:
  • awsome work!
    Would love to have one or more of those pieces 😀

    cj says:
  • Amazing! I love it.

    Lana says:
  • Absolutely beautiful.

    vrouyr says:
  • love the outfits

    LML says:
  • amazing!!!

    jenny says:
  • Beautiful!!!…

    Dario says:
  • Are there prints for purchase?

    allyssa says:
  • Creepy…

    Emo says:
  • spooky and slightly obscene

    dbkii says:
  • wow… amazing

    ts says:
  • Good day,
    Thank you very much for the post!
    I am Liza Fetissova, Russiantearoom gallery director. We represent Oleg DOU, and we gave the rights to La Lettre de photographie to publish the images. So can you be so kind to add Russiantearoom cortesy please? Or may be mark the website as well?

    Thank you in advance
    With kind regards
    Liza Fetissova
    www/rtrgallery.com

    Liza Fetissova says:
  • cool

    cgdzin says:
  • Definitely inhabiting the “Uncanny Vally”, they are beautifully made images. I particularly like the Fawns.

    Fred says:
  • so very Keene….

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