Benjamin Davis‘ photographs from ‘Insights’ are a series of images that seek to explore our sub-conscious; what it means, how it changes our perception of the world around us, how each of us sees different things in the same object and place and how it affects our interpretation and interaction with the world around us. Like the Surrealists of the 20th Century Davis plays with the mundanity and minutiae of the everyday to highlight the glory and wonder of the ordinary, the subjects of his pictures morphing and mutating, constantly becoming, always dynamic.
Currently a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York Davis’ research has led him to dive deep into this surroundings, looking for a meaning, an understanding of this profound concept – that we as individuals rarely are cognisant of – that effects our everyday lives and relationships. Here’s what he has to say about his project:
Recently I’ve been interested in the way we are attracted to our surroundings and exploring that idea through photography. I began to do research on that part of our brain that we cannot understand and how it influences our everyday life. I came across a theory on the subconscious mind, that it is actually a presence inside of us that is separate from our waking selves. It is always with us and influencing us but we can never understand it. That led me to start questioning what is real and fake in our everyday surroundings. Plant fingers start to become hands reaching through curtains and artificial landscapes make me question my surroundings. The mundane is given a new life as I seek to capture that part of my brain I can’t reach in my surroundings.