Barbie And Ken Become Living Dolls
Native New Zealander Hayden Wood always knew “there was more to photography than just capturing moments in time,” so this former advertising man went on to prove his theory with his latest work, Living Dolls.
Acting as art director, photographer, and retoucher, Wood creates magic with his extensive photo manipulation skills.Having spent countless hours in the darkroom process, Wood discovered digital photography and has been having a ball mastering all the techniques that come with modern technology – especially Photoshop.
With his Living Dolls series, Wood manipulates real-life people and completely transforms them into plastic-looking dolls. Mattel’s Barbie and Ken dolls to be precise. The effect is eery, to say the least. The models are astonishing; James Web and Meagan Therese Squire use their life-less eyes and robotic poses, forcing the viewer to wonder – is it real-to-look-fake or fake-to-look-real?
Although a master of the retouch, it was, in fact, model/stylist Meagan Therese Squire who contacted Wood to shoot this concept.
Wood told the Huffington Post, “Meagan contacted me to ask if I’d be interested in shooting this creative piece with her. [Meagan's] idea was inspired by the cover art of Nicki Minaj’s album Pink Friday.”So for all you wanna be real-life Barbies who opt to go under the knife, take along a picture from Wood’s Living Dolls series to show them how it’s really done.