I love the intention behind this project *SO* much that I'm just going to let the artist tell you about it (he says it better than I ever could!):
I started this series because I was surprised how a certain place or surrounding can affect people's behavior. During our everyday life we attempt to hide our deficiencies, both physical and psychological. However, once we find ourselves on a beach – we forget about everything and start acting in an absolutely different manner. Is that because everyone else around you is doing the same? If yes, I would love that the same rules were applied beyond the borders of the beach – people would care less about what others may think about them...
These photos are not staged and people did not suspect that they were photographed by me. I chose to capture images of sleeping vacationers because it accurately represents the name of the project ‘Comfort Zone’. It is only about the seaside, sunbathing, and holiday somnolence that is free from a world surrounding you.
I chose to showcase only the photos with hidden faces not by an accident, but to grant an observer with an opportunity to calmly scrutinize each and every detail without being distracted. It also helps to avoid empathy or connection between people in the photos and the observers. It really does not matter who they are - the details not only reveal their stories, but make us face ourselves as well.
You can view some of my favorites from this collection below:
If you're a big fan of this work, as I am, you can view lots more by Tadao Cern on his website. SO amazing.
Hope you find a little time to bask in your comfort zone this week!