For The Secret, Austria-based photographer Aldo Tolino blurs the lines between photograph and subject by folding portraits of human faces into barely recognizable geometric structures. After reconfiguring each two-dimensional print into a multi-dimensional paper sculpture, he reshoots the metamorphosed face, allowing it to exist within a strange netherworld between fiction and reality.
As a reflection cast in a shattered mirror, Tolino’s strange forms are both familiar and alien, human and otherwise. Within these unnerving geometries, we discover ourselves, fragmented and removed to a space that transcends the confines of our physical bodies. The Secret is currently on view at Miami’s Robert Fontaine Gallery.
Image © Aldo Tolino 2014