The Reality of Existence by Kate Truisi

Issue 107

The Reality of Existence is an accumulation of work I made intermittently over the past few years. At the time, most of the images were made singularly without a larger narrative. It wasn’t until reexamining them did I realize that throughout this period the work I created held a common theme. During this transitory time in my life I was thinking about the impermanence of humans and what we leave behind. What was created is a series that deals with the fragility of our specie and the human condition. I was drawn to scenes that feel absurd but are not intended to be and become a mundane part of everyday life. Empty signs and structures show evidence of something that once served a purpose. Abandoned by humans they become part of the landscape and eventually are reclaimed by their surroundings. I felt it was important to photograph the people that were closest to me as I found myself having realizations that anything could change at any time. These portraits and deserted scenes draw our attention to the inevitable effects of time, aging and natural cycles.

Kate Truisi lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
To view more of Kate's work, please visit her website.

 Emily, Montauk Point, New York

Emily, Montauk Point, New York

 
 House on fire, New Orleans, Louisiana

House on fire, New Orleans, Louisiana

 
 Vic, Kings Park, New York

Vic, Kings Park, New York

 
 Trailer, South Carolina

Trailer, South Carolina

 
 Byhalia, Mississippi

Byhalia, Mississippi

 
 Blue sign, Arkansas

Blue sign, Arkansas

 
 Albama pipeline explosion, Alabama

Albama pipeline explosion, Alabama

 
 Cathy, upstate New York

Cathy, upstate New York

 
 Just past the Mississippi River, Arkansas

Just past the Mississippi River, Arkansas

 
 Marion, Tennessee I

Marion, Tennessee I

 
 Structure, Tennessee

Structure, Tennessee

 
 Mike, New Paltz, New York

Mike, New Paltz, New York

 
 At Dale’s cabin, Leicester, North Carolina I

At Dale’s cabin, Leicester, North Carolina I

 
 At Dale’s cabin, Leicester, North Carolina II

At Dale’s cabin, Leicester, North Carolina II

 
 Spencer, New Paltz, New York

Spencer, New Paltz, New York

 
 Alex, Denver, Colorado

Alex, Denver, Colorado

 
 Marion, Tennessee II

Marion, Tennessee II

 
 Empty sign, Smithtown, New York

Empty sign, Smithtown, New York