Introducing the latest work of Vienna-based photography studio Staudinger + Franke, called “Barrier”: simple portraits, separated from the viewer by a barrier of water.

Simple portraits, seperated from the viewer by a barrier of water.  The water and its ripples, coupled with colorful aquatic life, and the incredibly melancholic facial expressions with eyes closed or staring blank at you, seemingly lifeless — all these artistic elements have transformed the portraits into somewhat eerie and haunting, yet stunningly beautiful images.

The result of Staudinger + Franke’s work is completely breathtaking.