Caroline Gerdes
November 18, 2014 1:48 pm

These fractured, vintage photos have been making the rounds online. And, there’s just something about the picture perfect vintage faces reimagined in puzzle pieces that have captured our attention.

The German artist behind Duplicity Serie, Matthieu Bourel, told Visual News he was inspired to create these surreal collages “to evoke a fake history or inspire nostalgia for a period in time that never truly existed.”

He adds,“The obsession of collecting disparate images from books, old magazines and other found material becomes as much a part of the emerging image as the mark-making. A piece often becomes about the search and desire to combine those emergent narrative symbols that seem charged with a familiar yet distant emotion.”

 You can see his interest take shape in the single photos that are fragmented with slices repeated throughout the frame. Isn’t it amazing how focusing on, or duplicating, one feature can alter a photo so much and create such a creepy feeling? Check out these images of old Hollywood stars all sliced up and find even more beautifully brain-twisting images at the artist’s website.

(All images copyright and courtesy of Matthieu Bourel)

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