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This photo novel is a cross-cultural pollination between Chinese novelist/artist Julie O'yang and Belgian photographer Filip Naudts.
This photo novel is a cross-cultural pollination between Chinese novelist/artist Julie O'yang and Belgian photographer Filip Naudts.
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"The Picture of Dorya Glenn" is a surrealist romance noir between a writer and a photographer, between the image and the word. (Launch September 2017)

The Picture of Dorya Glenn
The Picture of Dorya Glenn

 

A novelist and a photographer collide. And there is an extraterrestrial murder involved. 

A photo novel/phiction by Julie O’yang (novelist) and Filip Naudts (photographer)   

Part I. The picture of Dorya Glenn, a short story by Julie O’Yang 

Novelist Julia Oz and paparazzi photographer Filip N. encounter each other in the same story without being aware of it at first. However, as the story progresses, they slowly realise that they will have to eliminate the other to stay alive. Meet Dorya Glenn. The heroine from Julia's story is an alien. Dorya is the female dictator of Altair IV, a.k.a. the Forbidden Planet. Her haunting albinist beauty is the soul and binding force for both spiritual and economic life of the future humanity. Dorya symbolises the Power that controls “the mind”; she even has control over her own creation. This is why Julia plans to kill her in order to free herself from the She-ruler’s boundless lust for power. But when paparazzi photographer Filip N. enters her story all of a sudden, the writer is not even sure whether he is an ally or an enemy. The triangle tension of the threesome will finally take the reader to the end of a captivating murder mystery.  

Set in an unknown future, The Picture of Dorya Glenn is about the reality of now. The title tips off Oscar Wilde’s philosophical novel, but most of all it is a story about the way we live today.

Part II. Filip’s photographic approach to Julie’s Dorya Glenn

Filip N. spies excessively on Julia Oz sitting at her writing table. The paparazzi photographer is obsessed with his subject. The two of them met at an earlier occasion when the photographer made a portrait of the writer. But it’s not a portrait in a strict sense. In his work Filip N. has intentionally manipulated the image so that we can hardly recognize her: he has transformed his subject into an albino. Filip is eager to explore the psychological consequences his work would have on his model. As an Artist he believes in his influencing power, which is similar to the Shaman practising hypnosis on his crowd. However, the ultimate image experiment shall take place in Julia’s home. Filip decides to approach the writer who seems to be caught in a writing trance by entering her real, everyday life, and during this entire process he attempts to trick Julia's mind by using highly stylised, erotic images, including those of himself captured unexpectedly but audaciously through his own lens. He documents her body carefully, uncovering every intimate detail. He even installs security cameras to “study” her. This infuriates Julia. She feels intimidated and starts to show signs of anxiety. As she tries to wake from her trance, she realises there is but one thing she can do to free herself from Filip’s grip...

Themes:   

1. Word vs. Image: Which is more powerful? The reader/viewer should decide.  

2. Present vs. Future: Dorya Glenn is science fiction, but it reflects today's reality.  

3. Privacy vs.surveillance culture. Dorya Glenn addresses the current global trend: Big Brother is watching us.  

4. Erotic & pornography.

5. Identity.

www.doryaglenn.com

Photography of China published an annoucement on their blog a short while ago. Read here. 

Also Showbizz reported about our work in progress: 

Julie O’yang and Filip Naudts mastermind a wild plan  

Last week Dutch-Chinese writer Julie O’yang flew over from Denmark where she is currently living and visited Filip Naudts’ studio in Belgium. The two of them have been working on a cross-cultural art project over the past year, which will result in a sci-fi photo novel The Picture of Dorya Glenn. The authors don’t wish to give away details yet, but the story centres upon an alien who walks around dressed in a see-through burqa. The first photo shoot took place in northern France. Now it was the occasion for the duo to put the dot on the i in Lochristi, Naudts’ studio and artistic hotbed. This book stands out in every way as we are told that their creative bond will also be fuelled by Eurorocker Arno, who has authorized his participation in the project.   English version | Dutch version.

Risks and challenges

As creators of Dorya Glenn, we have been haunted by her for the past months. There were nights that we woke to the sound of a popped lock and we jerked our exhausted eyes wide open to catch the trace of her blue veil in the dark. We fear for you, dear reader, that you would lose your innoncence like we did.
And oh, another risk involves addiction, from which you may NOT want to recover and then you will find yourself reaching for the book to read it from cover to cover again --

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    DORYA'S WELCOME PACK

    DORYA'S WELCOME PACK
    Thank you for joining the team! You'll receive a hardcover copy of the published BOOK. We’ll send you an awesome Dorya Glenn BOOKMARK. You will also get a shout-out of thanks on social media.

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    DORYA’S PARTY PACK

    Stream DORYA GLENN BOOK LAUNCH PARTY.
    You'll receive our exclusive link to the launch party held at a SECRET LOCATION and a hardcover copy of the published BOOK after the launch. You will get the bookmark and a shout-out on social media.
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    DORYA’S UNCENSORED PACK

    You'll get a download of DORYA’S UNCENSORED MV. In this uncensored version of MV, Dorya also presents our “The making of” PHOTO COMICS, which includes many funny, embarrassing and touching moments. A great memory for book and art lovers. Delivered digitally.
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    DORYA’S GLORY PACK

    A new tier!
    We'll print your NAME in the GLORY LIST of our book!!!
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    DORYA’S ENVY PACK

    Create subway envy! You'll get a signed ARTIST PRINT (13x20cm) and an exclusive silk-screened BAG featuring Dorya's eye-catching portrait!!!
    You'll also get a download of our uncensored MV and “The making of” photo comics, plus your name in the glory list. And you'll receive our exclusive early link to our book launch party, the signed book, the bookmark and a shout-out on social media.

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    DORYA’S PATRON PACK

    NEW! Including free shipping worldwide!
    This is for companies and book clubs (as well as for individual patrons). We will print the NAME of your company or organisation or your own name on the TITLE PAGE of our book. You'll get 2 signed copies of our book and a signed artist print (13x20cm). You'll also get a download of uncensored MV. And you'll receive our exclusive early link to our book launch party, the bookmark, “The making of” photo comics, and a shout-out on social media.

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    At this level companies and book clubs can have their LOGO printed on the TITLE PAGE!.
    You'll get 3 signed copies of our book. You'll also get a download of uncensored MV. And you'll receive our exclusive early link to our book launch party, the bookmark, “The making of” photo comics, and a shout-out on social media.
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    DORYA’S STAR PACK

    You will receive a personalised SCI-FI VIDEO MESSAGE from Dorya herself!
    PLUS your name will be printed on the WALK OF FAME page. You will receive 3 signed copies and 3 signed artist prints (13x20cm).
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    DORYA'S ATTITUDE PACK

    Limited rewards! You'll get YOUR NAME WRITTEN INTO OUR STORY!
    You'll get 4 signed copies of our book and 2 signed artist prints (13x20cm). You'll also get a download of uncensored MV. And you'll receive our exclusive early link to our book launch party, the bookmark, “The making of” photo comics, and a shout-out on social media.
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    DORYA’S INDULGENCE PACK

    You’ll receive an INVITATION TO AN EXCITING LOCATION to meet & greet the authors, including a glamorous photo session to be featured on Dorya's website and highlighted on her facebook page!!!
    You will receive 4 signed copies and 4 signed artist prints (13x20cm). You'll also get a download of uncensored MV. And you'll receive our exclusive early link to our book launch party, your name on the WALK OF FAME page, the bookmark, “The making of” photo comics, and a shout-out on social media.
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    DORYA’S LOVE PACK

    You will receive 5 signed copies and 5 signed artist prints (13x20cm). You'll also get a download of uncensored MV. And you'll receive our exclusive early link to our book launch party, the bookmark, "The making of” photo comics, and a shout-out on social media.
    PLUS, you can GET YOURSELF MURDERED IN A FATAL LOVE-MAKING SCENE in our book, an unforgettable experience that will always bring a smile on your face and follow you in your heart!
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