A few years ago, Canadian photographer Blake Morrow was approached by his friend Beth, who had an unusual request. Beth was about to undergo gastric bypass surgery, and she requested that Morrow create a series of before-and-after shots, where she would pose with herself before the procedure and after she”d met her weight loss goals.
The project would eventually turn into a photo series appropriately called The Beth Project.
But these aren”t the standard before-and-after photos you see in ads. With Beth serving as his muse, Morrow created fun, whimsical, and sometimes downright hilarious images of before-and-after Beth. Morrow pulled from pop culture, famous artwork, film, and more to create his images. He took photos of her before the surgery and then after she lost 150 pounds.
The result is this series of double portraits of Beth in all kinds of settings, from more traditional ones like this beach image…
…to more fantastic ones like this. The space theme was inspired by the fact that both Beth and Morrow are “sci-fi geeks.”
In all, the project took two years to complete, and the two created all kinds of images. Morrow says that one of the best parts of the project was Beth”s willingness to jump right in and immerse herself in the worlds they created.
Besides the obvious change in Beth”s weight, Morrow also wanted to capture Beth”s unique and multifaceted personality. “They”re all about Beth being herself,” Morrow explained in an interview with BuzzFeed, “even while taking on characters to play.”
Photoshop was used to create these double images of Beth, but Morrow didn”t use it to alter Beth”s body in any way. This was because he wanted the photos to capture Beth”s actual accomplishments, and also to portray weight loss in a realistic way.
(via LaughingSquid, BuzzFeed)
You can see more of Morrow”s photography on his website, and stay up to date with his work via Twitter and Instagram. Beth has an Instagram, too.