Japanese artist Izima Kaoru is a fashion photographer by trade, but his ongoing series "Landscape with a Corpse" appears more like an elaborate performance art project that your typical magazine spread.
For the series, Kaoru asked female models to imagine their own deaths, creating jaw-dropping images from the grim details his subjects provided. From the exact location and setting of their fictional demise down to the couture outfits they wish to be wearing during their final moments, the resulting portraits are a morbid take on high-fashion.
Kaoru began his unique landscape photos in 1995, recruiting mostly female models to not only describe their own hypothetical deaths but also to act out these scenes in glossy, stylized snapshots. Dressed in Prada and Yves Saint Laurent, the bold actresses are shown lying in an empty, snow-covered field or contorted on the floor of a luxurious apartment, living out their fantasies of dramatic, idealized deaths.
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