Abandonment is one of the great fears and often a difficult subject to broach, but Igor Pisuk (1984, Poland) explores the dark world of loneliness in his on-going project Deceitful Reverence. He documents the world around him, photographing people or subjects that are close to him, creating intimate images filled with tension. High-contrast, mostly black and white portraits convey feelings of sorrow and the will to hide, interrupted by a blood red sky or sore-looking fingers, resulting in an incredibly melancholy view of the world. Pisuk feels as if his photography explores the relationship between the inner and outer world, in which the latter is often pervading the former. These images are uncomfortable to view, leaving a feeling of despair in the viewer, and yet they are impossible not to look at.
Igor Pisuk was one of the 38 photographers selected for the shortlist of GUP#47, our 10th anniversary issue, for which an Open Call was held.