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Artist’s Dramatic Self-Portraits Without Photoshop

In a world of predominantly digital art and computerized images, though impressive, it can be refreshing to see works that are handmade and painstakingly positioned, painted and perfected.

Artist JeeYoung Lee has recently been showcasing an interesting collection of photographs made at her studio in Seoul, South Korea. Titled Stage of Mind, the series is completely free of the aid of Photoshop or any digital alterations.

Artist’s Dramatic Self-Portraits Without Photoshop

Image source: Birthday

Lee hand designs all of the backdrops, and each detail is an impressive feat. The scenery is a mix of intricately placed objects, rich in color and dimension.

Artist’s Dramatic Self-Portraits Without Photoshop

Image source: Panic Room

Each setting involves endless hours that turn into many weeks of work to ensure every element is perfect. Once up to the artist’s expectations, she positions herself on the stage for an original photo shoot.

Artist’s Dramatic Self-Portraits Without Photoshop

Image source: Raw

Sometimes the artist will incorporate other layers into the displays, such as creeping fog or dry ice for a misty effect. The results are completely impressive and strangely whimsical.

Artist’s Dramatic Self-Portraits Without Photoshop

Image source: Resurrection

The thought provoking photographs are representative of the artist’s personal accounts, and each portrays stories from experiences or reflective periods in her life.

Artist’s Dramatic Self-Portraits Without Photoshop

Image source: Maiden Voyage

Cultural traditions and classic tales from her childhood are also featured in the depictions.

Artist’s Dramatic Self-Portraits Without Photoshop

Image source: Childhood

Lee stated that her works are a way of connecting with her psychological identity and looking deeper into internal aspects of life. The artist is certainly onto something, as art and self-expression are significant resources for neurological stimulation and self-discovery.

Artist’s Dramatic Self-Portraits Without Photoshop

Image source: Black Birds

Her works are unorthodox and provocative, though they are still relatable.

Artist’s Dramatic Self-Portraits Without Photoshop

Image source: Nightmare

Showing how it feels to be sad, alone, playful, grateful and a range of other emotions, her series of self-portraits have a reach that extends to all of us.

Showing how it feels to be sad, alone, playful, grateful and a range of other emotions, her series of self-portraits have a reach that extends to all of us.

Image source: Broken Heart

All images are the property of JeeYoung Lee and courtesy of Opiom Gallery.

Artist’s Dramatic Self-Portraits Without Photoshop

Image source: I’ll Be Back

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