Photographer Christopher Ryan McKenney plays with the visibility of men in nature, masking their faces in draped cloth or removing their heads entirely. Each surreal image depicts an incomplete man who appears to be in the process of either materializing or disappearing into thin air. Mystery surrounds the figure in each frame, which can strangely be seen within a physical frame in several instances.
Though these men seem to be unrelated to one another, they share a sense of escape and a level of discomfort that keeps them hidden from sight. Deep in the remote woods, these disembodied and veiled figures are trapped somewhere in between two worlds, facing their own personal struggles. McKenney says of his image featuring a man with a lampshade over his head: “This picture represents people having ideas but covering them up in fear of failure or what other people will think.”