Brilliantly Surreal Composites: Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison
Over the weekend a photographer friend of ours sent us a link to artists Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison. Even after doing some looking I am still not sure how they do what they do, but the images are striking and powerful. The series The Architect’s Brother is a view of an post-apocalyptic world which one lone character, Everyman (played by Robert), is trying desperately to save. Whether using simple tools like a rake or shovel, or using strangely unique technology, Everyman struggles to put a dying planet back together. What blows me away is that these were done predominantly without Photoshop (I even verified this through several different articles). Instead, sets were built and most of the work was done in camera and in the darkroom. In another series, Gray Dawn, there seems to be a sense of hope emerging out of the world of The Architect’s Brother. The color begins to show. The plants are reviving and are almost reaching out for help, rather than waiting for Everyman to do it for them. A constant theme comes through their work of how technology has not only strangled our planet, but us as individuals and that there is an interdependence between us and the world we live in that we cannot escape.