Stellar by Ignacio Torres


Don’t be surprised if you get stuck in a trance while staring at these starry, glittery GIFs by New York-based photographer Ignacio Torres. Cool results considering the models were chucked handfuls of dust per shot. See more of his work after the jump.

About Stellar, Torres says:

“This project began from the theory that humans are made of cosmic matter as a result of a stars death. I created imagery that showcased this cosmic birth through the use of dust and reflective confetti to create galaxies.”

“The models organic bodily expressions as they are frozen in time between the particles suggest their celestial creation. In addition, space and time is heightened by the use of three-dimensional animated gifs. Their movement serves as a visual metaphor to the spatial link we share with stars as well as their separateness through time.”

Stellar is his favorite project, he told 1883 Magazine. “I really enjoyed the process of making the images for the series. Every week I would gather a group of friends and just drive to the middle of nowhere to shoot. It was sort of like a road trip but not. Also, the process of shooting was interesting because at first most of the models were hesitant about getting dust thrown at them but in the end they all had a good time,” Torres said.

Whenever people ask him about how he does it, Torres starts with explaining the concept of stereoscopy. “It is a really old basic technique that still intrigues people even with all the technological advances done with three-dimensional viewing,” He even encourages people to try out shooting themselves.

“I have developed as a photographer by constantly trying different things,” added Torres. “I change all the time and I feel it is evident in my work. I do not like sticking to one specific formula of shooting or doing things. Always trying to find something new to do.”

Portrait of the artist. Is that a LomoWall behind him? Photo via ignaciotorres

Torres was born in Texas (which explains the relevance of desolate deserts and sunsets in his images) and currently resides and works in New York City. He received his BFA in photography from the University of North Texas in 2010 as well as the Cora E. Stafford Scholarship for an emerging photographer.

His clients include Lady GaGa’s resident stylist, Nicola Formichetti, as well as shoe company Nine West, for whom he recently shot an ad campaign for.

Photo via ignaciotorres

When asked what advice he would give to aspiring photographers, he says “Shoot analog and look at many photography books.”

See more of his work on his portfolio here or follow his blog (where he posts tons of analogue photos!) here.

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written by denisesanjose on 2012-03-27 #lifestyle #photography #analogue-photography #stellar #animated #gif #ignacio-torres


  1. smurano
    smurano ·

    Amazing <3

  2. liisachisholm
    liisachisholm ·

    I'm in awe, this whole series is absolutely stunning!!

  3. photomassimo
    photomassimo ·

    nice work, too bad his Nine West campaign is a rip off of a story i shot for flaunt magazine 2 years ago called crushing and based on the teenager crushing fetish .

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