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.