fashion photography, luscious and surreal images, unrealistic pictures from Sois Belle by Annelie Vandendael

Sois Belle A photography project by Annelie Vandendael

Look once — then look again. These luscious, surreal images challenge the unrealistic standards of perfection set by fashion photography, provoking playfulness rather than airbrushed beauty.

“These photos are my reaction towards the standards of Fashion Photography. Nowadays, it is no longer clear whether we are looking at “real” images or fake ones; either way, they are manipulated and photo-shopped. Torsos are lengthened, waists thinned, collarbones made cavernous and landscapes brightened.

As for me, I’m much more interested in representing real people, with all of their imperfections.”

—Annelie Vandendael

Monthly Photo Contest

Color film portrait photograph of a young woman by Michelle Marshall
© Michelle Marshall

2021 Portrait AWARD Deadline: 31 May 2021

"In a portrait, I’m looking for the silence in somebody."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

Portrait photography has one of the oldest and most interesting histories that harkens back to the early days of the medium. Through portraits of iconic figures or ordinary people, we discover a deep interest in others.

Recent works or gems from your archives, classic or experimental, and through any kind of storytelling: we want to discover the most powerful and captivating images of today’s portrait photography. We are open to all interpretations and want to see faces that gaze right into the soul!


1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400

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