In this recent work “Reality Coats” gets its name in the attempt to call these distortions what they are in the way that they cover and disguise reality. These images do not rely on any post production manipulation or distortion and are all created in Camera.
This series explores the narratives and spaces between reality and non-reality, often times targeting the current visual culture itself. Whether tampering with a serene environment or distorting a figure in real time, and allowing an image’s flaws to build on the final work; I intend to point at common uniform and perfected photographic practices and depart from them by way of analog distortions and alternative photographic techniques in an attempt to dismantle the visual trends and constructed identities that we so routinely consume and portray through our narrow media scopes.
Throughout a majority of my personal work I aim to challenge the idea of perfection and identity by inserting aesthetic devices that push the viewer to conjure up their own internal realities. In turn the viewer is faced with the question of what, if anything, is in fact real.
Zach Hyman is currently continuing this exploration by adding layers and textures to human forms and floral still life.