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Roger Ballen’s Series OUTLAND

While Roger Ballin‘s photographic series OUTLAND, spanning 20 years of documentary photography, may seem like some twisted and horrific fiction, these photos are reflections of reality. Ballin spent two decades traveling in rural South Africa, photographic its most surreal inhabitants, and the result is Outland. This iconic series was originally published in book form in 2001, and has been repressed this year by Phaidon and is available here. Below you’ll find a handful of what is contained within – snapshots of life’s strange manifestations, the remnants of a decayed system, and small bits and pieces of love and beauty scattered in darkness. I highly recommend watching the promotional video by Ben Jay Crossman. Get weird.


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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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