Kerry Skarbakka's Photographs Explore Fear Of Falling With 'The Struggle To Right Oneself' (PHOTOS)

'I Photograph The Body As It Dangles From Dangerous Precipices'

If you've ever fallen off your bike, slipped in the shower or tripped on the steps you've experienced that brief moment of flying before you hit the ground. This frightening and powerless state is the subject of photographer Kerry Skarbakka 's series "The Struggle To Right Oneself."

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Inspired by the death of his mother and the events of September 11, Skarbakka began the project as means to deal with his "emotional pain and existential insecurity," the artist said in an e-mail to The Huffington Post.

Skarbakka didn't just devote his mind to the ongoing project but his body as well. He describes the physically demanding process on his website:

"Using myself as model and with the aid of climbing gear and other rigging, I photograph the body as it dangles from dangerous precipices or tumbles down flights of stairs."

The results, ranging from unthreatening stumbles to perilous leaps, capture the physical moment somewhere between falling and flying.

See Skarbakka's works below and let us know what you think in the comments.

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