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Alex Schaefer Explores Helplessness in the Face of Death

It's hard to believe that Alex Schaefer is only a senior at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Seemingly wise beyond his years, the talented photo artist explores the darker side of the human experience in his surreal series of self-portraiture.

Schaefer examines themes of helplessness, loss and death through his spooky images images. He portrays himself as weak, defenseless and vulnerable through a series of unusual props and Photoshop techniques. Indeed, each image displays the moment before the presumable "end" for Schaefer, who is unable to evade the natural and supernatural forces that chase him relentlessly. It is clear that Schaefer's attempts for survival are futile, inspiring a sense of dread and discomfort in the viewer.

Ultimately, Schaefer's series confronts our worst fears in a hauntingly beautiful way.