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Haunting Photographs of Plastic-Wrapped Bodies Floating Above the Ground

Floating is a series of photos by photographer Andrew Brodhead that’s beautiful and creepy at the same time. Set in various landscapes and locations, each image shows wrapped like a mummy in plastic, and hovering a few feet above the ground.

Brodhead writes that the project is meant to serve as a commentary on mankind’s negative impact on the environment through its use of plastic:

Growing up in Savannah, Georgia, I worked at my parent’s health food store, and as a kid my daily job was to take out the recycling. Through the years I started to realize how much was not recyclable. I began to think about landfills and where everything goes. There are islands of plastic taking over the oceans, the earth is suffocating from plastic that never biodegrades, and our water and environment are leaching toxic estrogenic compounds. Visually, I want to convey the sacrifice we have made by our consumption and waste. The wrapped bodies represent invasive cocoons floating over vulnerable landscapes.

You can see more of Brodhead’s work over on his website. He also does skateboarding and music photography.

Floating by Andrew Brodhead (via Flavorwire)


Image credits: Photographs by Andrew Brodhead and used with permission


 
 
  • Joakim Målare

    Good idea, well executed!

  • rtfe

    yay! more floating people.

  • Amryl

    reminded me of Dexter

  • Daf

    So not just me who’s bored of them.

  • AntonyShepherd

    “She’s dead. Wrapped in plastic.”

    Or am I the only person having Twin Peaks flashbacks right now?

  • VDC

    How did he do that?

  • brob

    I’m not sure this idea warranted a ‘series’

  • http://twitter.com/OfficialDan Dan Howard

    yey! more sarcastic trolling on a PetaPixel blog post.

  • wickerprints

    Technically well executed, but I am not quite clear on the conceptual relationship to the photographer’s aesthetic choices. For instance, why does he choose to float the bodies? In doing so, the images do not elicit the sense that the person is “invading” the surrounding fragile environment. Wrapping the person in plastic suggests a kind of protection FROM the environment. Floating the body emphasizes an ethereal separation between earth and human.

    If the photographs depicted someone half buried, or perhaps if the plastic were wrapped around a natural object in the landscape, that to me would be more directly evocative of the message the photographer seems to wish to convey. Here, his use of a technique of floating the body feels to me like he chose to do it first, and then tried to relate some message to it, rather than the other way around. That’s not to say it is incorrect–I just think that the photographs do not convey the intended concept.

  • orkin

    maybe he should apologize to you for not properly conveying your concept in his art.

  • underbird

    First thing I thought!

  • autumnbringer

    Well done, though I wouldn’t have quite guessed the concept the artist describes from looking at the pictures (perhaps that’s just me though).

    Also: “The wrapped bodies represent invasive cocoons floating over vulnerable landscapes.”
    The second to last picture is a body floating in a parking lot. Save the parking lots!!! (?)

  • http://www.androidradar.de/ Leif

    Same :D

  • wickerprints

    I’m not asking for an apology, and it’s not MY concept that I’m asking him to portray. I read his explanation of the meaning of the images, and in that context, I am stating my reaction and interpretation of his work. Or has Your Highness not permitted any form of critique? I didn’t even say I *disliked* the images.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DarrenKMarshall Darren Marshall

    Kinda creeped out that I’m watching Dexter right now…