Laura Thompson’s photo series, Senseless, makes you feel uneasy. Centered around a yeti-like creature, it portrays the sheer contrast between man and nature, asking what happens when we are led to deprive of our senses.
Her photographed subjects wear costumes made of disposable materials like manmade plastic forks, earplugs, vinyl gloves, car air fresheners or compact mirrors. Consumed by these materialistic items, these creatures can no longer sense their surroundings. Neither human nor animal, they wander between worlds fitting in nowhere, becoming creatures of myth.
“I began to look into various mythologies from around the world and the costumes associated with them and observed most involved the covering of the face and many times the entire body to transform the person into a mythical being,” writes Thompson on her personal website. “At the same time I was looking at urban legends and hoaxes such as Bigfoot and people’s obsessive fascination of these elusive beasts.”
“What interested me most was that many seemed to be based on existing mythologies and the fact that many of these creatures, seemed to be trapped between two worlds,” she explained. “Bigfoot being the prime example is not quite human or animal so wanders on the fringe of both, not really belonging to either. From these findings, I began to create modern day mythological narratives in which I explore themes associated with the dislocation of our senses.”
Check out some of her dramatic photographs in the gallery below.