These bizarre family portraits feel like a young Jules Verne worked his way through school at a Sears portrait studio – exploring the unknown within us before he ventured out into the world – and I kind of dig it.
Moscow-based photographer, Alexei Sovertkov, calls the series “Temptation of Void”, it explores voidness as a quality of consciousness. I love the coupling of people & animals as it visually gives context to the ties of the human in relation to the non-human, each one seemingly isolated from the other underneath fishbowls makes me think of the aspects of our individual experiences.
Sovertkov clearly keeps his sense of humor in the quandary, you can see IKEA stickers still affixed on the bottom of these fishbowls revealing the subjects bemused expressions at the whole experiment – whatever that might actually be.
“Voidness as a mental state, means a mode of perception in which one neither adds anything to nor takes anything away from what is present, noting simply, “There is this.” This mode is achieved through a process of intense concentration, coupled with the insight that notes more and more subtle levels of the presence and absence of disturbance.” – Alexei Sovertkov