Gold and Grit: David Arnal Does Manuel Albarran

This glorious galleria of gilded gays was created by Spanish photographer David Arnal. The two images here are part of a bigger set of polaroids; see the rest of them here, and some more here (scroll down). I also admire Arnal for this cyberpunk goodness (here is the other one from that series), depicting Spain’s house music legend, Rebeka Brown.

I’m not sure about the identity of the gentleman in these images, but the lady in the center above is most definitely model and musician Polly Fey, #4 from the Coilhouse List of Alien Beauty. The shiny headpieces are the handiwork of metal couture designer Manuel Albarran. What a killer combination of talents! I love the polaroids, how gritty and poorly-scanned they are. What a wonderfully unexpected choice for this kind of shoot, those washed-out cyans and golds. Bravo.

7 Responses to “Gold and Grit: David Arnal Does Manuel Albarran”

  1. Lolla Says:

    hmmm, this totally feeds my gold obsession (yes I publicly admit, I love gold color in clothing and no, not the american apparel style)
    now I want to make something lacey and goldy…yum~

  2. Mer Says:

    Hot damn, I love these. Those tattoos and pervstaches are the cherry on top.

  3. benjabimon Says:

    arrgg >_< not polaroid.

    i fucking love these images but it bothers me that they aren’t polaroid. at first i was sceptical of the resolution in them, they looked to clean and crisp for a polaroid that size. and then i noticed that the dirt on the top right hand corner is present on every image.

    am i a stick in the mud?

    although it’s a very, very nice treatment.

  4. Nadya Says:

    benjabimon: Wow, you’re right! I didn’t notice that before, but now that I look at them more closely, I see what you see. It’s the same polaroid frame being used over and over again, with different images photoshopped into it. You’ve got a sharp eye! I wonder if these were shot digital or film. What do you think?

  5. benjabimon Says:

    I reckon the images are digital. It’s not for any one specific feature of the image, it simply ‘feels’ like the images are lacking in that filmic quality. I’m completely useless I know…. :) At least looking at it from the perspective of workflow, capturing in digital would make Arnal’s work easier down the line.

    Can you see anything specific which makes you think it’s digital or film?

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  7. russell Says:

    Stop posting the pretty things!