Amazing Surreal Work from Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison
Robert ParkeHarrison is a fine art/ surrealist photographer. His work is a collaboration with partner and wife, Shana. Robert showed up on the scene (in a big way) a little over a decade ago, with his book “The Architect’s Brother.” The book was named one of ‘the Ten Best Photography Books of the Year’ of 2000 by the New York Times, but it probably wouldn’t be an understatement to call it one of the ten best of the decade.
The images evoke a kind of Terry Gilliam–esque feeling, but with just a little bit more magic and a little less color. If Terry Gilliam took a lot Valium, I’m pretty sure this is what it would be like to live in his mind.
There is also a certain sadness to a lot of the work. Many of the pieces feature one solitary man, in a black suit, taking on some seemingly impossible task.
“My photographs tell stories of loss, human struggle, and personal exploration within landscapes scarred by technology and over-use…. [I] strive to metaphorically and poetically link laborious actions, idiosyncratic rituals and strangely crude machines into tales about our modern experience.”