Mysterra - Roy Sewall

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Artist's Statement

For over a decade I was a documentary photographer, capturing what I could readily see. In 2012 I decided to try something completely different: create illusions - scenes that I cannot see but can imagine.

This was the birth of Mysterra. Mysterra has totally captivated me, and it has become my primary photographic endeavor. I have always loved magic. I find it to be a thoroughly refreshing departure from our daily experience of being overwhelmed by information and facts. I don’t want to know how the illusion was done; I just want to take in the ingenuity and the mystery. And this is how I hope people will react when they view Mysterra.

My biggest Mysterra challenge is to come up with creative ideas. I cannot simply sit down and decide to dream up new illusions; sometimes it seems like the harder I try the less success I have. Instead, ideas can arrive in the middle of the night, or if I happen to see an intriguing person or nature scene. An idea might pop out when I am interviewing a model to understand her or his passions.

Each photograph tells a story, but I don’t want to explain what I think the story is. You are encouraged to come up with your own.

I hope you will enjoy both the creativity and the craftsmanship.

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