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Sam Youkilis and his photographs play with our perception

I love traveling and try to do it every chance I got. In this case, Sam Youkilis, a New Yorker photographer traveled through South America, from Bogota to Buenos Aires by bus. His photographs from that three-month trip play with scale and perspective to test viewer perceptions.

Youkilis first shared his series of travel images through one of The New Yorker’s official Instagram accounts, a platform where their photography department invites a guest contributor to host the feed for a week.

Youkilis posted photographs taken in a variety of different landscapes, such as the pink Laguna Colorada in Bolivia, the Humahuaca limestone mountains of Argentina, and the sand dunes at the Ica desert in Peru.

Yet, what binds Youkilis’ photographs together is the blurring of reality. Youkilis strips both subject and scenery of context—whether captured on a beach or at an indoor bath house, we cannot discern the location.

Through these seemingly disparate images, Youkilis creates a new narrative experience of travel. “My photos are excerpts from the world and reduce the subject and landscape to formal elements of geometry and color,” the photographer commented in a recent interview.

Youkilis explained how he builds his narrative around human attitudes to travel: “I’m interested in how people devise travel plans around visiting famous sites, the photographs they take as evidence of their visit and the strangeness of how they move within them,” he continued. “The people in the photographs reflect this while reaffirming the realness of these strange and abstracted places, while also indicating scale.”

An excellent work. I love the way the images fool our perception. What do you think, do you like it?

Visit his website and take a deeper look.


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