Kim Sunkyung and Jeong Wonjun are the creative duos behind the South Korea-based art collective Sailors Studio. Their newest photography series, Conversation, features delicately distorted portraits that are projected across a fleeting cloth, tossed into twilight landscapes. The duo began experimenting with this fluid portrayal of the human face in their earlier photo series, Floating Life, where the cloth acted as “a screen to absorb a variety of images which tell the story of life and death”.
Whilst their previous photo series explored the themes of life and death, Conversation focuses solely on the former and delves into the topic of self-discovery. The work was originally inspired by French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas’ conception of responsibility, which states that being human meant that one is responsible for someone other than oneself, known as “the Other.” The cloth that is tossed into the air depicts one’s relationship with the Other, with each moment captured symbolizing a conversation. Through these portraits, “one finds one’s essence through the Other.” See the complete series below.