‘Flora and Fauna’ by fine art photographer Dietmar Busse explores the manipulation and decoration of portrait photography. Given new life and new resonance, the images tell stories of mythology and dreamscapes through chimera-like creatures and elements of nature rendered in silver and salt.

Through this pairing of formal sitting and tribal paint, the images seem as anthropological studies; nostalgic and quizzical, appearing to belong to another time or place.

Busse’s journey as an artist began at his small farm in Northern Germany, and took him through Madrid and Morroco, and finally to New York in 1991. By 1995 he was working as a fashion and portrait photographer for Paper, Interview and Harpers Bazaar. By 2006, disenchanted by commissions and industry constraints, Busse withdrew to his home studio and his dark room, embracing happy accidents and the spontaneity of mixed media.

Through this freedom, this exploration of the unknown, his project ‘Flora and Fauna’ began to take shape. An assimilation of the familiar and the new bringing depth and dreams to portraits that alone speak intensely and emotively about their sitter, but with new layers take on new life beyond black and white print. As he remarked to TIME “The photograph serves as the foundation for the painting, capturing something about a person’s energy and spirit the way only photography can. The painting starts where photography can not go”

To connect with Dietmar and view his other works, visit his website http://dietmarbusse.com

Joseph Krobot, 2014

Joseph Krobot, 2014

Robert J. Anderson

Robert J. Anderson

Black madonna, 2010

Black madonna, 2010

Homage to A. Mc Queen, 2011

Homage to A. Mc Queen, 2011

Nathaniel V., 2011

Nathaniel V., 2011

Girl in my studio, 2012

Girl in my studio, 2012

Woody, 2014

Woody, 2014

Christopher Stribley, 2014

Christopher Stribley, 2014

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