Bizarre Details Enliven Seemingly Simple Moments in Photographs By Ben Zank

Bizarre Details Enliven Seemingly Simple Moments in Photographs By Ben Zank

Ben Zank captures emotions of confusion, restriction, and ennui and in his ongoing series of banal-meets-bizarre photographs. Each image features a single subject in a seemingly mundane location: on a city sidewalk, near a semi truck trailer, or in a forest.

Yet the individual at hand is engaged with or affected by their surroundings in highly unusual ways: one figure bends backward under the weight of long birch branches stuffed under his shirt; another is sandwiched in a layer cake of collapsed cardboard boxes. Zank shares with Colossal that he’s entering a season of productivity in his personal work as the weather warms, and is looking forward to a solo show in Shanghai, which will open in fall 2020.

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Gas pipe

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Thought deposit

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Fallout shelter

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Thought evaporation.

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You vs. the weather right now.

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Daily Commute

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Underground salad cafe

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Nuclear witness

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Collaboration w/ @acd_ny

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Alethea

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Assisted living

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Nice day at the dunes

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Not opposite day

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Back in ze desert🌵

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Some vacancy

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Through the wormhole

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Insulator

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Copious redundancy

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The Politician, 2017

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Dirt

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TLRY

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@bringmebliss

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Bottleneck

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Layer cake

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@amahlune

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You

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Fell through the cracks

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