CUBS - by Oleg Dou
"A modern interpretation of an old practice, 'cubs' by moscow-based photographer oleg dou is a series of images that draw from the aesthetic and ambience of child funeral portraits.
Utilizing a muted palette with a stark backdrop, the porcelain-like subjects are morphed to
display discerning features of various animals, such as a set of slender antlers for 'fawn'
and perked-up ears in 'rabbit'. the result is a whimsical collection of portraits that play into
the innocent adolescence of the characters while still maintaining an eery sense of death
The choice to transform the children into animal-like creatures was spawned from an
unhappy childhood memory of the photographer where he had to dress up as a white rabbit for a party: 'I couldn't pretend being happy in front of the camera, I hated being photographed. The image finally reflected my discomfort and my vexation.' conceived from his sketches, all the costumes shown in the series were tailored by dou's mother.