Colorful Elements from Nature Seamlessly Blended Into Vintage Photographs
Natural Act is a collection of creative photo collages in which Turkey-based photographer Merve Özaslan merged multiple images into intriguing narratives. Using vintage black and white photographs, the artist blended color elements into the scenes to create unexpected visual stories. Viewers are invited to investigate how the surprising alterations change the meaning of the work.
Özaslan seamlessly worked fragments of nature into the shapes of bodies, buildings, and window frames. For example, we see a chef peering out the door of his restaurant with gigantic daisies unexpectedly hovering behind him, and in another image, two beauties in bathing suits sit on a diving board perched high above the treetops. As a result of this intervention, the old-fashioned events are boldly interrupted by the modern, color components which creates a strong juxtaposition between two very different time periods.