“Antiheroes” is a project by Susana Blasco that combines vintage photographs with everyday objects to create funny and bizarre portraits, which the artist shares on her Instagram account.
Asked how the project came to be, Blasco explains, “One day, I was eating nuts and one of them fell onto a picture of a soldier. I was amused by the result, so I uploaded the picture to Instagram and started playing around with different objects.”
That was in 2012, and the project (as well as Blasco’s follower base) has been growing ever since. “Antiheroes” is not the artist’s only project that uses old images: “I’m really into vintage photographs and found objects. I accumulate thousands of them and I really like working with this kind of paper as a raw material and with these kinds of forgotten memories as a concept. This obsession is connected to my personal interest in memory, oblivion, family, time.”
While some of the photographs Blasco uses for “Antiheroes” belong to her family, she collected most of them from second-hand markets on trips across Europe and the US. Putting the faces of strangers into a completely new context, Blasco uses history to write new stories. “I like to think that I’m giving a second chance to forgotten people to be in the world again in some way.”
When Blasco creates a new portrait, the process is like a game to her. It happens spontaneously. She then takes a photo of it with her iPhone and uploads it to Instagram using the Earlybird filter. “Obviously, I don’t work in the same way with all my projects, but in this case seems perfect. To me, Instagram is a constant source of inspiration,” the artist says. “Regarding my own photographs, what I value most apart from the instant feedback is the ability to work with an iPhone and a limited set of tools. This simplifies technical decisions when you take the picture and yet provides excellent results.”
All images by Susana Blasco and used with permission.