Martin Beck, a Dubai-based Scottish/South African photographer has produced a series of gritty portraits accompanied with a slice of humor in his latest project entitled “We Can Be Heroes’. This photographic series challenges the stereotype of Superheroes revealing them not as unrealistic magazine characters however rather as regular those who, even through their own personal struggles, have the potential to become heroes in their own manner by serving to others.
“I have photographed a series of gritty portraits accompanied with a slice of humour in my latest project entitled We Can Be Heroes’.
The subject matter are the folks who feel they didn’t quite make it at superhero school and are, like most of us, living their lives, doing their day-to-day chores, trying to live a happy life while providing for their loved ones. Along with this gritty and humorous laden style of photography, there is a very important message too. When we think of superheroes, we think of peilect bodies and beautiful faces, achieving unbelievable feats.
These are people we idealise as characters that can do no wrong and only seem to exist in our daydreams. This project tries to humanise super heroes. Despite our flaws and failures, each of us, in our own way, can be heroes to our family, our friends, our colleagues and we all have the potential to help others My Heroes are regular people not restricted by race, religion or beliefs. They live among us, they surround us, they are everywhere Everyone is a superhero.” – Martin Beck
“We Can Be Heroes”: Anyone Could Be A Superhero by Martin Beck:
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