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Defragmented: A Man’s Inner Turmoil in Pictures

man with hole in his head

Defragmentados or Defragmented in English, is a photo series by 29-year-old Spanish photographer Yago Partal that features naked models, missing portions of their body in gracefully cut sections. There is a naked man standing against a gray backdrop, photographed from the waist up, but with various parts of his body missing in several pictures.

man with eyes cut out

There is nothing gory or violent about the missing body sections. You see can see right through the omitted portions of the man’s body as if he were a paper cut-out. What you see in place of the missing part is the rest of the gray backdrop. And it goes on this way with the rest of the series. There is a also a room that features a male model, naked, with several images of himself occurring in the same photo, carefully incised. The same theme is reenacted to show a naked woman, her image repeatedly appearing in a single photo, with the similar, carefully omitted body sections, looking as if she was a mannequin that got severed at various points.

naked man with missing head

What Partal seems to be communicating is the inner struggles of every man. It is a visually literal expression of everyone being or feeling incomplete, at various stages of our lives. The concept is graphic, but delivers the point home very well.

Partal was born in 1982. He studied Fine Arts in Barcelona, after which he put up a creative studio project with Manel Soto, and for six years they collaborated doing projects for companies such as Filmax, Chesterfield International, Sitges Film Festival and Canal+.

man with cutout chest and collar bone

Partal also indulged in exhibitions of his own showcasing his individual work. It was at this juncture that he decided to concentrate his craft exclusively on photography and video. He dabbled in teaching for a year, and joined the company DDT SFX wearing the cap of conceptual designer for films such as Pedro Almodovar’s “The Skin I Live In” and J. A. Bayona’s “The Impossible”. Lately, he began work on Antonio Gomez’s “Nieve”, where he contributes as both photographer and filmmaker. Partal’s personal work continues in spite of his many commitments in other projects.

man with hole in middle of back

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Patricia Ramos the author

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.

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