Surrealism and the city – in pictures

By Lauren Kelly

Brooklyn-based photographer Ben Zank has an eye for the unusual. His urban portraits – many of them self-portraits – present a surreal depiction of the struggles of everyday life, inspired by the area he lives and works in. While he attempts to capture as much of the final effect as possible using the camera, digital manipulation in Photoshop afterwards can take anywhere between one and 15 hours per image. Zank sees each setup as its own self-contained story rather than part of a series. “Each image stands alone in its own way – it's more of a spontaneous reaction to the environment,” he says. “I don't want all the images to make sense, but I also want people to be able to digest them with their own opinion.”

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