CULTURE & ARTS

This Austrian Photographer Creates Sassy, Unique Balloon Creatures

These certainly aren't your average balloon animals.

Austrian-born photographer Bela Borsodi kicked off his still life career in 1999, seven years after his move to New York City, and has become well known for his unique work.

Borsodi's clients have ranged from The New York Times Magazine and Vogue Russia to Bloomingdale's and H&M. This week, Borsodi shared two balloon creature projects with The Huffington Post. One of them, "Inflated Egos," is among his earliest projects, and was shot for City magazine in 2005.

"The editor of the magazine just asked me if I would like to shoot different accessories for them and told me I would have total freedom to do whatever I like," Borsodi told HuffPost in an email. "I had worked with balloons a while ago, and thought it could be fun to create balloon figures and then to dress them up. The magazine loved the idea and all was a go ahead and lots of fun.”

The second project, titled "The Expandables," was shot in 2011 for the Russian magazine Tatler.

"Tatler Russia successfully talked me into making a repeat of the [City magazine] story. This is absolutely against my rules because I never repeat anything unless I can drastically improve it or find a very different angle to it," said Borsodi. "But the magazine was so very enthusiastic about doing balloon figures that I made an exception. I thought it would be funny to over-accessorize them and make them quite sexy."

Take a look at both projects below.

  • "Inflated Egos" Project, 2005
    Bela Borsodi
  • "Inflated Egos" Project, 2005
    Bela Borsodi
  • "Inflated Egos" Project, 2005
    Bela Borsodi
  • "Inflated Egos" Project, 2005
    Bela Borsodi
  • “The Expandables” Project, 2011
    Bela Borsodi
  • “The Expandables” Project, 2011
    Bela Borsodi
  • “The Expandables” Project, 2011
    Bela Borsodi
  • “The Expandables” Project, 2011
    Bela Borsodi
  • “The Expandables” Project, 2011
    Bela Borsodi
  • “The Expandables” Project, 2011
    Bela Borsodi
  • “The Expandables” Project, 2011
    Bela Borsodi
  • “The Expandables” Project, 2011
    Bela Borsodi
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