Haunting portraits by Donato Sansone reference the classic style of the artistic master.

The Italian artist Donato Sansone, AKA Milkyeyes, has created a new form of digitally-assisted surrealism, and the result is quite literally face-melting. His latest project, PORTRAIT, which was funded by an Indiegogo campaign, uses Photoshop and After Effects to create Francis Bacon-like nightmare portraits of people – and then, as if things weren’t uncanny enough, animate them. The portraits, with their distorted sense of time and space, force to you sit back and slowly contemplate their beauty instead of rushing past them as so many people do with images on their daily journeys through the blogosphere. The slowness of the photographer’s gaze is important to Sansone as well. He told Creative Applications Network:

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