Crackle And Pop: The Art of Sleeveface

Sleevefacing consists of taking a photo obscuring or augmenting body parts with a record sleeve to cause an illusion. It’s really cool and you get amazing results. Have you ever tried it? I guarantee that after you read this article you will definitely want to!

Photo via CondemnedToRockNRoll on Wordpress

Around 5 or 6 years ago I bought a Visage vinyl record with a cover image I really love. Because it consisted of a portrait image and because I liked it so much, I took a photo with the vinyl record sleeve in front of me to create the illusion of it being my own face and proceeded to use it on all my social networking profiles and still use it to this day. Sadly, I do not have the image in good resolution anymore but you can check it on my profile.

About two years after that I was at a bookstore in London with my sister and she pointed at a book and said, “Oh my god, this is what you did!” The book was called “Sleeveface: Be The Vinyl” and I immediately bought it. From then on (and now that I knew there was a name for it) I was hooked on sleevefacing and spent hours not only trying to make my own but also searching on the internet for photos of other peoples’ sleevefaces.

Sleevefacing really is a wonderful art and you will be amazed at what many people can do with it. It is great for the vinyl record and photography lover and if you do it correctly you will get stunning results!

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Occasionally, people will also make sleeveface photos using magazine covers or CD covers, etc. and they also look great.

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Many of my sleevefaces are of myself, done in front of my computer and shot with a webcam, so they are really grainy and don’t have the best image quality:

It is easier to user other people as models, I have shot a few sleevefaces using friends as models and it is a lot more convenient as you can control exactly how you want the person to hold the record sleeve and the angle you are shooting from. Shooting a sleeveface of yourself is a bit of trial and error as you have to take many different photos always moving the record sleeve slightly and slowly until you get to the right position. It would sometimes take me almost 50 photos to get to the right one! If you really want to do a sleeveface of yourself you can also ask someone to help you. I did this one with my boyfriend’s help:

I have yet to try sleevefacing with an analogue camera (I’m always afraid I will waste too many rolls of film because you may have to take so many shots to get the right one) but I really want to start doing analogue sleevefaces. Moreover, It would be great it if other Lomography users started sleevefacing and I want to use this Magazine series to showcase all your lovely sleevefaces.
Have you done any sleevefaces? If so send me a message with links to your photos so I can feature them in upcoming articles. For now, this is what I’ve found on the website:

Credits: haschek & lazara

If you want to learn more about how you can sleeveface successfully, here is a great how to video.

Also, if you want inspiration you can browse a vast archive of amazing sleevefaces on

So dig out your old vinyl records and start clicking that shutter! I’ll be looking forward to your submissions!

Crackle And Pop is a weekly series written by Carlota, a Portuguese graphic designer and vinyl record lover and collector. It is aimed at everyone who can’t get enough of vinyl records and that wonderful crackling and popping sound old vinyl records make!

written by carlota_nonnumquam on 2012-03-30 #lifestyle #analogue #lomography #vinyl-records #analogue-lifestyle #sleeveface #regular-contributors #crackle-and-pop #regular-series #sleevefacing

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