Kerry Skarbakka


Image Credit: Kerry Skarbakka

Skarbakka’s statement about this body of work:

Philospher Martin Heidegger described human existence as a process of perpetual falling, stating that it is the responsibility of each individual to “catch ourself” from our won uncertainty. My work is in response to this delicate state. It questions what it means to resist the struggle, to simply let go, and the consequences of holding on. The images stand as reminders that we are all vulnerable to losing our footing and grasp, symbolizing the precarious balancing act between the struggle against our desire to survive and our fantasy to transcend our humanness.

This photographic work is in response to this delicate state. It comprises a culmination of thought and emotion, a tying together of the threads of everything I perceive life has come to represent. It is my understanding and my perspective, which relies on the shifting human conditions of the world that we inhabit. It’s exploration resides in the sublime metaphorical space from where balance has been disrupted to the definitive point of no return. It asks the question of what it means to resist the struggle, to simply let go. Or what are the consequences of holding on?


13 thoughts on “Kerry Skarbakka

  1. My first connection to the works was that the artist had a almost unheard of sense of humor. Humor that very few individuals tend to discuss. Then when reading the reasoning to the artists photographs everything came into a new light and makes more sense than simply giggling at others expense. Great body of work. I will look more into this photographer.

  2. I gasped as soon as the images came on screen. I can not help but wonder if these were accidental moments or if they were staged? If they were staged did the victim have any idea? If not, how in the world were you able to catch these horrible looking falls? OUCH!

  3. How did you do these? You really catch them at the right moment where you know it’s going to hurt. I feel so uncomfortable even looking at them which means you really achieved your goal.

  4. These shots are so realistic and unbelievably right on. Staged or not the angle, the timing and the image as a whole is incredible! The motion seems natrual, and the timing of the pics is perfect! I don’t know where I would even start if I had to shoot similar photographs. I also checked out the website, and all pictures there are just as stunning as these.

  5. Ouch! And if he didn’t get the take right the first time, ouch again. Kerry is making a moment out of times when most of us wish no one were looking.

  6. These images are without a doubt unsettling. Skarbakka aims to put into focus the vulnerability of human existence, and succeeds. It is hard to view these without considering the balance we work so hard to maintain in our own lives. Skarbakka questions what would happen if we were to “simply let go” of this struggle to maintain survival; I question if anyone would venture to do so after viewing his work. The outcome does not look favorable.

    The thing that I appreciate most about these photos is the way in which they absolutely capture a moment in time. Photography is the perfect medium for Skarbakka to investigate his ideas of human uncertainty. The ephemeral nature of human existence is well captured and communicated by the instance of a photograph.

  7. i think this is a really interesting and thought-provoking way to describe and portray the human condition. it poses a question: do we need to catch ourselves, or do we need to let go? i can’t even imagine how this artist went about making these images, but i imagine he had a lot of time and experience to think about the answer to that question.

  8. It’s wonderful how quickly these two works bring emotions to reckoning. Immediately laugher erupted from my mouth, and perhaps that tells a little something about me, which is what art should do. Well done

  9. What a dedicated model this photographer has. These are strong and compelling images. They represent that the photographer is trying to convey perfectly. How human beings fall through life and how our constant attempts to catch ourself usually fail. Amazing photography.

  10. My eyes literally widened when I saw the first photo! I keep scratching my head trying to figure out how you did this. The image is so thoughtful and the pose is just astonishing.

  11. I love these photos. You were able to catch that moment of anxiety after you start falling but before you hit the ground, something that most people have experienced but is hard to describe.

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