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photo contest slideshow
philosopher stone
blue mountain
A Piece of Home
silence
Teach them to care while they are young
The Castle and the Lamp Post
Diner
Homage to starry night
A long journey of the snail.
weightlessness
Saying Goodbye
Vaneer of rind
A Beatiful View of the Croatian Coast
A Meandering Stream through Yellowstone National Park
A piece of paradise
Denmark Straight Across
I don’t belong
Exercise
Gulf Fritillary on Wildflowers
Sophia Loren looking at Jayne Mansfield
Fly
A sunset against a man-made lake near Jog Falls in Karnataka, India.
A man alone
16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest
Vaneer of rind

After being hit particularly hard by an existential crisis around 5 years ago, in which I ended up spending 4 months bed-ridden with severe depression, eventually being almost completely unable to eat. I wanted to explore my experience through my passion for the photographic medium. I wanted to understand the severity of my crisis. I felt the world had lied to me and set up this fall; selling me pretty stories of life, the world and my place in it, that was nothing but a veneer and a fraud. But at the same time, I felt immeasurably sad in the knowledge that this was a reflection of our collective human experience and an attempt escape such. I wanted the shot to reflect this peddling, this selling of ‘immortality projects’, as Becker coined them, and I thought to the snake oil sales men of times past, selling false hopes and dreams wrapped in pretty stories and placed in ornate bottles.

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Rochester, United Kingdom
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Date Taken: 03.2018
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PHOTO LOCATION Rochester, United Kingdom