Surreal Images of Faceless Men Stuck Between Two Worlds

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.”

Christopher Ryan McKenney on Flickr


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at NBC Universal, Penguin Books, and the Tribeca Film Festival as well as many other independent media companies. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies—anything from foreign art house films to mainstream blockbusters.
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