Photographer Jamil Hellu Takes People and Makes Them into Superheroes

by Max Kessler
Jamil Hellu has been quietly creating a cuckoo series of photos called "Guardians of the Golden Gate" for months. Hellu takes ordinary San Franciscans, and asks them to create a superhero identity for themselves, complete with costumes. Then he takes them around the Bay Area and photographs them out and about. The majority of the subjects are handsome and scruffy -- who doesn't love a bear in a costume? Check out photos below, wish you were in San Francisco, and click on each image to see it full-size.

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