At first glance, you would be mistaken to gloss over the mundane images of empty landscapes by Shingo Suzuki.
TOP TO BOTTOM, © Shingo Suzuki
These images are, in fact, replications of dioramas that depict everyday scenes. The process is painstaking; Suzuki measures the real-life objects with a measuring tape then sets out to recreate them in his studio. By miniaturizing the objects and then photographing them, Suzuki creates a divide in the viewer’s mind: what is reality?
The illusion begins when we observe the images in our minds to be just ordinary scenes. However, a disconcerting thought flickers; why are these pictures devoid of human activity? And why are the places so clean? The viewer takes a double look, trying to find clues to support the mental imagery.
The magician laughs in the background, knowing that he has manipulated how our minds quickly find associations and shortcuts. Kahneman talks about heuristics in his book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, where he delves into how we often end up getting tricked by our own brains. Photography becomes a medium that not only engages but also stimulates the viewer. The magician then bows at the completion of his illusion, the audience left completely baffled.
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