Photographer Kourtney Roy Makes Eerie Self-Portraits In Desolate Yet Dramatic Locations

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Photographer Kourtney Roy Makes Eerie Self-Portraits In Desolate Yet Dramatic Locations
Kourtney Roy / Galerie Catherine et André Hug / The Guardian
Kourtney Roy makes creepy self-portraits in abandoned, but dramatic places – with wigs and a wardrobe right from the melodrama of the 1950s. In these frames from the series “Enter into fiction – California” she plays characters who are in abandoned, often abandoned settings.
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Photographer Kourtney Roy Makes Eerie Self-Portraits In Desolate Yet Dramatic Locations
Kourtney Roy / Galerie Catherine et André Hug / The Guardian
Roy, who was born in Ontario and lives in Paris, appeared from the beauty queen to the housewife in his kitsch self-portraits. In “Entering as a fiction” she adds an element of mystery, rarely showing her face.
Photographer Kourtney Roy Makes Eerie Self-Portraits In Desolate Yet Dramatic Locations
Kourtney Roy / Galerie Catherine et André Hug / The Guardian
Roy was named after Tom Courten (“British actor, who really liked my mother”). Films very much influence its images, in particular melodramas of the 1950s, for their color and decor. She likes to offer characters that seem locked away in ordinary existence, dreaming of brighter times.
Photographer Kourtney Roy Makes Eerie Self-Portraits In Desolate Yet Dramatic Locations
Kourtney Roy / Galerie Catherine et André Hug / The Guardian
The settings at first seem inspiring, but under the sunlight they are punished that they feel harsh and devoid of hope.
Photographer Kourtney Roy Makes Eerie Self-Portraits In Desolate Yet Dramatic Locations
Kourtney Roy / Galerie Catherine et André Hug / The Guardian
When she started in Paris, Roy was influenced by Guy Burdin, whose fashion photography contained strange, often haunting narratives. She liked the idea of ​​”making small stories” in one frame.
Photographer Kourtney Roy Makes Eerie Self-Portraits In Desolate Yet Dramatic Locations
Kourtney Roy / Galerie Catherine et André Hug / The Guardian

“I am attracted to anonymous scenes, which are often overlooked,” she once said. “It’s magic here.”

Photographer Kourtney Roy Makes Eerie Self-Portraits In Desolate Yet Dramatic Locations
Kourtney Roy / Galerie Catherine et André Hug / The Guardian
Roy originally wanted to study painting and referred to Renaissance paintings as an influence on her photographic work.
Photographer Kourtney Roy Makes Eerie Self-Portraits In Desolate Yet Dramatic Locations


Kourtney Roy / Galerie Catherine et André Hug / The Guardian
In the early days, Roy will pose with pieces of meat, sometimes bringing home the animals that she found dead on the street, and placing them between her legs. As this picture shows, she did not lose her ability to worry.

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