It’s no secret that Photoshop can be used to create wonderful, wonderful things and over the years, artists have begun to realize just how much can be done with this program. Airbrushing, spot removal and hair masking are terms that we use regularly not just in the beauty industry anymore but in photography and post-processing as well. Retoucher Cristian Girotto is the man behind L’ENFANT EXTERIEUR, which showcases his skills in retouching as well as art direction. Girotto’s series reveals his subjects’ inner children, giving them a glimpse of what they would look like if they remained toddlers.
Without bothering Jung and its “Puer aeternus” or Pascoli with its “Little Boy”, we can certainly agree that, somewhere inside each of us, there’s a young core, instinctive, creative but also innocent and naïve. What would happen if this intimate essence would be completely revealed?
L’ Enfant Extérieur (The Outer Child) takes into analysis this possibility, showing us a world of men in the shape of children, as if the body could slip on the ugliness of life, less expected to imagine big fawn’s eyes winking in the night clubs or little chubby hands shaking in the offices.
At its core, Girotto does a great job at helping viewers visualize an alternate reality.
An examination that begins from the classical dichotomy shape-substance and that questions itself about the nature of purity and the unavoidability of the corruption, without taking itself too seriously, because in the end, you know, children like to play.
The result is an interesting, albeit creepy, set of images:
Toddlers are commonly photographed looking wide-eyed, innocent or having that cheesy smile with missing teeth. Chubby cheeks, food on the face and playful dispositions are also trademarks of their young age.
The concept of making an adult appear younger is not a brand new concept, but Girotto’s execution is commendable, in my opinion. A more youthful face usually has less prominent cheekbones, a more rounded head shape, and with the eyes positioned more closely together, so I think he did a really good job. The subjects’ poses also added to the youthful portrayal.