Photographer Explores Fear of Falling in ‘The Struggle to Right Oneself’

The Struggle to Right Oneself is a series of self-portraits by photographer Kerry Skarbakka. In the series Skarbakka explores the frightening state of falling, before hitting the ground.

Using himself as the model, with the help of climbing gear, Sharbakka photographs his body as it dangles from dangerous precipices or tumbles down flights of stairs. He explains, “Philosopher Martin Heidegger described human existence as a process of perpetual falling, and it is the responsibility of each individual to catch ourselves from our own uncertainty. This unsettling prognosis of life informs my present body of work.” You can see much more of Sharbakka’s work on his website.

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