AYRE (OF DISTANCES)
Toronto-based photographer Nathan Cyprys evokes absurdity and awkwardness in his series Ayre (of Distances), which was motivated by his observation of the near universal consumption of technology and the images that become attributed to it. He writes: “The subject sits posed, imitating themselves in consciousness of how their image may later be perceived as.” Exploring his subject with a minimal aesthetic, heavy with whites and soft fleshy tones, Cyprys specifically looks for tension, in particular a sense of (im)balance, as when a stool teets on two legs and a soda bottle explodes. His portraits have a similar uncomfortable, unstable relationship with nudity, revealing skin while refusing to provoke fantasy or engage with hyper sexualised notions that are so common today. Unsettling in their composition, lighting and subject matter, the images express and encourage discontent.