He’s one of Germany’s top advertising photographers (his portfolio is fantastic), but there’s no denying that Paul Ripke, has a playful and somewhat subversive side to his work. He’s collaborated with two Photoshop wizards to create a series of images call “Man Babies” which although a strange sounding title, is actually very fitting.
The entire concept of series was to photograph families and then digitally replace the heads of parents, with those of their babies. The results can very between being hysterically funny to downright bizzare – but they unquestionably form a truly fascinating body of work, from something that essentially started out as an experiment in Photoshop.
When talking about the series, Ripke had this to say:
‘This is a pure piece of fun designed to test the limits of photoshop which of course I use in my professional capacity. So each head was swapped and re-sized to make it look proportional. We tried out children of all ages but in the end realised that the process works best with kids who are around one year old. There was a lot of fun, trial and error involved. The best reactions we found were from the children themselves who took part in the project. They all laughed out loud when they saw what had happened to them and their parents. So we gifted all the children and parents involved a two metre long print of the project.’