Roger Ballen embraces the unmentioned parts of life
Roger Ballen wants people to feel scared or unsettled when they look at his photos.
"If you feel anxious or nervous, it means there's something blocked inside your own mind," he argues. "And these pictures hopefully will help you break that block, to come in touch with a part of yourself that you haven't been able to deal with."
For Ballen, this is how photography and art works best. When something is able to insert itself into one's minds immediately and make an impact. For him, this isn't frightening — it's a form of delight.
So what does scare the famous photographer?
"Life is scary," he says. "It's scary beacuse you can get obliterated at any second and you don't know if you're going to come back again."
Roger Ballen's Theatre of the Mind exhibition is running now at Toronto's Izzy Gallery (1255 Bay St.) until Nov. 19.
WEB EXTRA | Watch Roger Ballen's Theatre of Apparitions below.