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Everyday People Digitally Transformed Into Bodybuilders

Kurt Stallaert Photography © Kurt Stallaert / Bodybuilders World

Belgian fashion and advertising photographer Kurt Stallaert invites us to explore a fantastical world where unlikely superheroes are around every corner. In his series Bodybuilders World, even the smallest of his subjects pose a threat, each bored hotel maid and African schoolboy digitally transformed to pack a serious punch. The work is both surreal and disarming, showcasing common civilians suddenly armed with massive muscles and a vacant gaze that demand a double take. A seamless digital masterstroke, Bodybuilders World functions as a tongue-in-cheek imagining of everyday champions lying in wait to defend the world around them.

Stallaert’s solo exhibition is currently on view at Bratislava City Gallery through February 16th, 2014.

Kurt Stallaert Photography © Kurt Stallaert / Bodybuilders World

Kurt Stallaert Photography © Kurt Stallaert / Bodybuilders World

Kurt Stallaert Photography © Kurt Stallaert / Bodybuilders World

Kurt Stallaert Photography © Kurt Stallaert / Bodybuilders World

Kurt Stallaert Photography © Kurt Stallaert / Bodybuilders World

Kurt Stallaert Photography © Kurt Stallaert / Bodybuilders World

This post was contributed by photographer and Feature Shoot Editorial Assistant Jenna Garrett.

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  • Albin

    Why the existential privilege for the head, especially in images where the heads and faces are elements as compared with the bodies? Why not “Bodybuilders digitally transformed into ordinary people”?