Pareidolia

CompanyZack DeZon
PhotographerZack DeZon
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

Pareidolia as a concept refers to the brain’s tendency to find patterns (namely faces) where there are none. Similarly, in “Pareidolia”, any impression one has of a complete face—and moreso, of emotion—is an illusion. Though at most an inch of the subject is scanned (and perhaps a millimeter at any given instant), each final image conveys physical and emotional beats. Smiles, laughs, blinks, and more can be intuited, though not explicitly seen—the viewer imparts their own meaning to the image. In our memories and dreams, we perceive others impressionistically, the ephemeral nature of their expressions blending into a caricature, a symbol of themselves. In that way, pareidolia is not just a concrete misconception but our phenomenalistic mode of conceptualizing others. Here is someone else’s memory (perhaps mine, but I cannot say for certain), someone else’s dream to falsely attribute meaning to.

About Photographer

Zack DeZon is an editorial and commercial photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. Having majored in theatre in college, much of his work revolves around actors, including his book, THE FIELD, which captures a cross-section of working actors yet to become 'household names,' and investigates the communities that form between them. Zack's work has been featured by Vogue, GQ, W, Elle, Allure, Wired, Bloomberg Pursuits, Interview, Getty Images, Variety, Fast Company, The New York Times, and more.