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Simon Chaudoir (@simonchaudoir) crafts jarring photos that draw from elements of Renaissance paintings, surrealist photography and the avant-garde. “For a long time I had the image in my mind of myself lying on a studio floor having been crushed by a falling lamp,” explains Simon, who leads a harried, globetrotting life directing music videos and commercials, which gives him access to equipment and backdrops. The image “expressed something that I felt about my working life,” he says. “I realized that Instagram gave me the platform to explore such images.” To see more playful portraits, follow @simonchaudoir.

Photo by @simonchaudoir

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