Tadao Cern’s large-scale images of Lithuanian sunbathers have been gaining him a lot of well-deserved attention recently.
Cern said “I started this series because I was surprised how a certain place or surrounding can affect people’s behavior. During our everyday life we attempt to hide our deficiencies, both physical and psychological. However, once we find ourselves on a beach – we forget about everything and start acting in an absolutely different manner”
The photographer avoided making eye contact with his subjects choosing instead to snap them unawares.
“I chose to showcase only the photos with hidden faces not by an accident, but to grant an observer with an opportunity to calmly scrutinize each and every detail without being distracted “ he said
The results are something of a cross between Tim Hethrington’s images of sleeping soldiers and Rineke Dijkstra’s portraits of people emerging from the sea.
In short, beautiful.