Sunday, February 9, 2014

Dreamy Black & White Portrait Photography by Lika Banshoya

Lika Banshoya is a 31 photographer based-in Paris, France. Taken from Greek mythology, her multiple-exposure photography project untitled "Oneiroi" were the gods of dreams, brothers who would present dreams in human, animal, and earth forms of varying significance, often as messengers to the gods. Banshoya said she wanted a title that has a mysterious element to it in order "to keep people guessing" and said the word Oneiroi is often mistaken for Japanese.

According to Slate, Banshoya began the project by shooting her sister and then some friends and acquaintances. At first Banshoya envisioned the project in color, but it wasn't working, so she switched to black and white. She said she added a "dreamy" quality to the work by pushing the film, thus creating a grainy, somewhat blurred look. She shoots the images with a Hasselblad 503 CX, Kodak TMAX 400 film (pushed one stop), and an 80 mm lens for the people plus a 150 mm lens to shoot the sky.

(All photos © Lika Banshoya)

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