About Miguel Vallinas Prieto
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About the artist
Madrid based photographer Miguel Vallinas Prieto began his ‘Second Skins’ series with the intention of ‘investigating the animal in us all’. This whimsical photo series sees various animals dressed in contemporary outfits, posing as typical human models would. The clothes appear to match their personalities, acting as a true second skin. Unsurprisingly, Miguel didn’t actually wrestle a roll-neck onto a swan or sweet-talk a hippopotamus into donning a Barbour. The taxidermied specimens are photographed in various museums and private collections, while each outfit is modelled by volunteers in Miguel’s studio. The two images are then spliced together by the artist.
The Insider Rebecca Gordon says:
"Miguel's 'Second Skin' series are truly eye catching. Through his incredible attention to detail these photographs having a strangely real effect. The links between the animal heads and human bodies are seamless as is his attention to linking the animals characteristics or features to the human body. I love the understated wit and charm of these works. "
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