Bat in a Vat references the Brain in a Vat thought experiment which theorizes that the brain is disembodied, suspended in life sustaining fluid and connected with wires to a supercomputer which simulates our reality. Using digital capture and manipulation, I create antiquated looking photographs by artificial means. The historic portraits which I have re-photographed are of my ancestors, where I am looking for signs of myself and my identity. Using the bat to represent the Jungian Shadow, I am investigating my own reality and psyche.
Cody Swanson is a fine art photographer working in Anchorage, Alaska.