The human body is imperfect, and that’s a beautiful thing. It’s the motto of 28-year-old graphic designer Borbála Földes, who lives in Budapest, Hungary. She’s always been into experimental photography, as shown by these pictures from her “early days,” taken with her laptop camera. But it wasn’t until 2014 that she decided to explore photography more closely. “I needed some pictures for a CD cover for a band. I took some to explain my ideas, and they really liked them and I noticed how I really enjoyed the process,” she said.
This inspired Földes to join a short course at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest. “I wanted them to tell me if I was an idiot in photography or not. They told me that I shouldn’t stop,” she said. At the end of the course, there was an exhibition where everyone could display three prints. Földes chose these:
The response was incredible, so Földes decided to make photography a very serious hobby, beginning with this very surreal style of self-portraiture. “I’m kind of hyper flexible, so I am able to take unusual positions. I began with ‘Perfectly Imperfect,’ and then I took my clothes off.” The latter resulted in her “Corpus Humani” series.
To title her work, Földes likes to use Latin words such as “Nubila,” which doubles as her theme for the series. “It’s the feminine singular of ‘nubilus,’ which means cloudy, dark, gloomy, dim… My work is just the extraction of this meaning,” she said.
Meanwhile, the photographer has started shooting other people and hopes that one day she can turn her hobby into a profession. She sees photography as “an honest way to express myself,” and choose to never her imperfections. “I use them as a tool, and when I shoot others, I also follow this idea,” she said. “Not a single wrinkle or hidden shape gets Photoshopped. I want to explore the real beauty in the human body’s imperfections.”
“Maybe I will wake up one day with the desire to take colorful pictures, who knows,” Földes said, as her main goal is to continue growing her current style. “I let it happen. I think my path has many unexpected and unexplored details in store for me.”
[All photos were used with the photographer’s explicit permission]