I’m going full steam ahead to continue our series of articles about awesome photography projects from all over the world. I hope you enjoyed the Cars Adventures and Oh, My Head photo projects we’ve previously posted!
Today, I’m going to share with you the Pencil vs Camera project pictures by Ben Heine. His works are bursting full of surrealistic poetry, illusion and magic. Among his many talents are drawing, illustration, journalism, animation and photography.
One day, he came up with an original idea to combine photography and drawing into one piece of amazing artwork. Thus, the Pencil vs Camera project was born! Ben’s hand is always visible on the images in order to show a close connection between the viewer, artist and artwork.
The technology behind the creation of such images is quite simple. The photographer takes a photo and then draws a part of the picture on a piece of paper. After that, he combines two images and takes a photo once again. The Pencil vs Camera photo project was first created just as a small experiment. Now, you can see that it’s turned out wildly successfully! Ben runs his own online shop with T-shirts, puzzles, prints, smartphone cases, bags and many more products featuring his works.
Among the photos by Ben are city scenes, landscapes and animal photography. Sometimes, he’ll create a realistic picture, but sometimes adds some fantastic elements, like the photo with the four-eyed cat. Meow! Also, some of Ben’s works have latent messages for his audience regarding some extremely distressing, though unavoidable, social problems like poverty, homelessness, and violence. Some even deal with environmental pollution.
Ben Heine was born in 1983 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, but now, he lives in Brussels. Along with Pencil vs Camera, he created “Digital Circlism” and “Flesh and Acrylic” art projects which you can check out on his official website.
A Last Word
The Pencil vs Camera project shows us that even the craziest idea can be implemented successfully. You just need to believe in yourself and follow your dream. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try something new. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments field below!