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Bird in Flight by Mauricio Alejo

Freezing Time in Surreality
Posted by Gestalten—04/2018
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New York City-based artist Mauricio Alejo dives headfirst into surreality with his series “Bird in Flight”, capturing motion at a tense standstill: billowing pillowcases threaten to collapse; a pencil stands in a taut web of threads; intricate sculptures made from tape are held onto the wall—but just barely. Frozen in the image, the temporary sculptures offer no clues as to where they came from or where they’re going. Instead, they exist as artifacts of a moment of perfect balance. Of the series, Alejo says, “The images that I enjoy the most are the ones that propose an ambiguous relationship with the experience depicted—when meaning is somehow dislocated and hard to pinpoint”.

Browse a selection of photographs from the series below, or check out the work of other photographers from around the world in our selection of Gestalten books on photography.

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