Digital Defiant Studios

Published: 2010-12-05 00:00:00 -0800

Colony 5

Colony 5 is a synth-pop band hailing from Sweden. The two members P-O Svensson and Magnus Löfdahl created a song called “Plastic World”, the lyrics of which discuss the obsession with materialism and vanity. The song has a few lyrics that stuck out in my head:

Don't compensate—imitate Don't compensate—operate A Plastic World Everyone wants a model look-alike A Plastic World No one cares how you look inside

(lyrics from

Above: the video and song from Colony 5.

I took this “plastic world” idea and ran with it, using mannequin stock photos to create a huddled, futuristic world of clones. I did extensive photomanipulation to get themannequin elements out of it, such as bolts, lines and other extraneous elements. I made it look like actual humans, albeit plastic and fake. The solution was very simple but powerful and obvious.

I then took a futuristic background and mirrored it, while overlaying a red color to provide some sharp contrast and make the image more powerful.

This was done as sort of a “tribute” and was never actually used.

This was done quite a while back (03/2006) so I was impressed at the results and how clean yet informative the look was.