Korean artist Seokmin Ko created an optical illusion photography series called ‘The Square,’ where her subject in each image holds up a body-sized mirror facing the camera. Somehow, the mirror hides both the person behind it and the photographer. The end result is a reflection of the space behind the mirror, as if the mirror were never there.
Essentially, the mirror acts as a camouflage. In some photographs, the mirror is so well concealed, you’ll have a harder time finding it. If the pictures aren’t beautiful enough, the story behind them will be. With this series Ko draws comparisons to social situations like the peer pressure to conform to the same social norms people hide behind.
However, the camouflage is still incomplete because in every image, the fingertips are still seen. Individuality and self-identity still hangs on and persists. ‘The Square’ is an incredible and honest commentary on society and the photographs are absolutely breathtaking.
Courtesy of artist and Art Projects International, New York
Reflective Illusion Photography
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