Enrico Nagel’s Delightfully Strange Scanner Portraits

Admit it: Whether it was back in your high school’s library or more recently, during a really slow day at the office, you’ve made a photocopy of your face before. In his series Behind the Glass, Berlin artist Enrico Nagel (who bizarre collages of humans with flower heads we previously featured) takes the concept and elevates it, creating painterly portraits by capturing his subjects’ pressed-in mugs with a high resolution scanner. As Junkculture notes, the resulting images have a distinctly intimate feel; without an artistic filter, it’s that much easier for the viewer to empathize with these isolated, slightly blurry faces that appear trapped in the darkness. Click through to see for yourself.

Photo credit: Enrico Nagel