Magnificently Surreal Self-Portraits

Photographer Zack Ahern is not afraid of getting dirty. In fact, I think he enjoys it! At any given time, the young Oklahoma native can often be found taking messy risks in his self-portraits, drenched in acrylic paints or fake blood. Ahern's efforts and willingness to to pour karo syrup all over himself or have a mouth full of flour really pays off in the final product of his surreal images. The self-taught photographer has produced a large portfolio that exhibits his wide-ranging capabilities in the medium, from portraiture and light painting to surrealist design.

It's remarkable that the 23-year-old photographer upgraded his point and shoot camera to a DSLR a mere four years ago and has since completed two year-long photography projects, in which he has turned out a number of creatively inspired works. More of Ahern's magnificently surreal photos are viewable on his Flickr photostream.

Zack Ahern's website and 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 major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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