Intriguing Mirrored Reflections Distort Ideas of Reality

These visually intriguing compositions by photographer Yeong Ja Jung merge captivating distortions and illusions with the surrounding environments. The combination of reflective elements and fragmented body parts with nature breaks the flow of a viewer's normal, visual expectations.

Rather than presenting the obvious, the artist explores the unpredictable with the abrupt displacement of objects in order to challenge ideas of reality. He explains that his photos are “a cross section of our reality,” and wonders if maybe “history [the mirrored reflection] is our reality rather than [that which we see] in front of the camera.”

Yeong Ja Jung mostly eliminates the faces of his subjects, creating a universal human without inserting himself or other personalities. Using reflections, he blurs the lines between his own interventions and the environment and, in doing so, adds a touch of complexity to otherwise simple landscapes. As a result, viewers will naturally find themselves wanting to fully understand the space, working to discover where the landscape and people begin and the mirror ends.

Yeong Ja Jung
via [Not Shaking the Grass]

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