Saturday, June 30, 2012

Phillip Toledano: Put Your Game Face On


"Put your game face on" is a popular saying when trying to encourage a person to go the extra mile, but what exactly does the "game face" look like? Artist and photographer Phillip Toledano has discovered and documented how it looks like in his comical series "Gamers".



Phillip Toledano is a commercial photographer. His Bio page is intentionally sparse, but based on his portfolio, it's safe to safe that his interests are varied, from though-provoking questions on the relationship between beauty and gender to more lighthearted gatherings depicted the commercial side of life.

In his series "Gamers", Toledano explains how difficult it is to find sincere expressions when doing portrait sessions, so he tried to find a way to coax out the real person behind the mask. He found his unorthodox answer in video games, where the players' expressions of joy, loathing and everything in between were absolutely geniune. Just like Philippe Halsman's Jump series wherein subjects are captured in a less guarded moment mid-air, Toledano finds real emotions when his subjects are intensely playing these games.

Here are the rest of the portraits:



Phillip Toledano's website is here. His "Gamers" series is here. Be sure to put your game face on when you check out Toledano's other works as he has an interesting and sometimes unnerving set of images there.

7 comments:

Ray Rousell said...

Just look at my avatar????

Bart said...

lol dat last face, giggity

Fang said...

Haha, these are hilarious! Pretty creative work he's done there! (Also, the last portrait is more of a rape face than a game face. ;D)

sildude said...

What a great idea to conjure up wonderful facial expressions on people and I think most people are completely oblivious of the faces they make during gaming.

D4 said...

Hah that's awesome. I remember making some of these faces myself!

Dale JaneƩ said...

Hhaah, this is so funny and as soon as I read the title I was expecting to see a bunch of football or baseball players. So entertaining and unique, and I loved the different gamer expressions. Great post!

~Dale

Major Mack said...

always!

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