Spam Emails Brought to Life in Dramatic Photos Starring Imaginary Senders

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Somehow, with all our technological progress, we have yet to invent a foolproof barrier against spam emails. Even filters cannot contain fictional pleas for obnoxious sums of money, the staged deaths of rich relatives you never knew, and fake marriage proposals. Artist Cristina De Middel has imagined what those scenarios might look like in her photo series Poly-Spam, which we first spotted on Lost at E Minor. Using real spam emails as her inspiration, the photographer captures the trials of imaginary senders like Sandrine Nzi, whose father died under mysterious circumstances, and David Kodjo at the Banque Atlantique Dapaong, who wants to transfer $18,230,000 to your bank account. The fictional portraits capture the absurd drama of each correspondence, with tongue planted firmly in cheek.

Photo credit: Cristina De Middel

Photo credit: Cristina De Middel

Photo credit: Cristina De Middel

Photo credit: Cristina De Middel

Photo credit: Cristina De Middel

Photo credit: Cristina De Middel

Photo credit: Cristina De Middel