Italian photographer Barbara Scerbo has an incredibly expressive imagination. In her series, entitled Illusion, the artist composes visually intriguing images that are beautiful and, at the same time, completely baffling.
In each scene, Scerbo creates fragmented portraits using mirrored reflections of the surrounding landscape. It’s difficult to tell exactly what’s happening, but, immediately, viewers are greeted with a visually challenging arrangement where long legs and female bodies appear distorted and it seems that we are looking directly through each subject.
Viewers are naturally led to believe that the landscape is simply bouncing back off of the surface of the mirror. In reality, though, the reflected images actually complete the scenes located directly behind the subjects. Through the series, Scerbo takes us on unexpected adventures through the puzzling compositions, which are an intriguing twist on a typical portrait.