Conceptual portraits shot for the 2014 Hasselblad Masters collection by Czech fashion photographer Bara Prasilova.

These muted and semi-surreal conceptualised portraits were created by Czech fashion photographer and art director Bara Prasilova.

She was selected as one of the Hasselblad Masters in 2014, a very prestigious competition that identifies some of the best photographers around the world. Each year, the winners create projects to be featured in the annual Hasselblad Masters book, the theme of which was “Evolve” for 2014, which Bara interpreted as follows:

“In the usual sense the word ‘Evolve’ means a development, a sequence of events, referring forward to the future. To me, the future is strongly connected to the past and I need to explore my history to be able to make a step forward. Through my photographs I have been trying to understand human relationships and connections: long hair symbolises the invisible strings we use to strap somebody to us or, perhaps, the opposite, to let somebody loose. They are the threads of our emotions, worries and fears that we are affraid to loosen like hair.”

View the entire series here, and more of Bara’s amazing work on her website and Facebook page.

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Photographs shared under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial licence.