“The portraits I create express a perspective on human styling that does not rely on conventional clothing, hair, makeup or accessories but rather an aesthetic derived from the use of unusual materials and makeup to create otherworldly personas.”
Ryan Burke is my latest obsession. He’s a photographer, makeup and visual artist based in New York. He is particularly well known for this self portraits where he uses makeup and styling to transform himself into different characters. His work nods back to the club kids of the 80s but with more technical precision than was seen back then. His work is very angular and uses lots of glitter and bright colours.
I first found out about Burke when he appeared on the WOWPresents YouTube Series: James St James Transformations. The series features James St James, one of the original club kids, getting himself transformed by a different artist each week. You can check the video out below.
All images in this © Ryan Burke