Amazing

By Nelson Groom 


They might look like mind-bending Salvador Dali paintings, but these photographs of apples suspended in mid-air are actually completely unphotoshopped.

Instead, South Korean photographer Ahn Jun, 36, used a surprisingly simple trick to capture these surrealist snapshots inside the Korea University Museum in Seoul.

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Appearing to freeze in time and defy gravity, the effect of the floating apples is actually just the result of some good old-fashioned perfect timing.

Jun’s mother, sister, husband and grandfather all joined forces to throw the apples behind the camera to capture them all at the same time.

She used a photography technique known as ‘rapid continuous shooting’ to seize the right moment, then whittled down the images with the best composition.

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Jun, who has been working on the series for five years, said: “Most people who see them think they’re paintings.

“Once they realise it’s photography, the next thing they think is that it’s been photoshopped. I think people are skeptical about straight photography these days.

“My interest is in the relationship between performance and photography, and the beauty of coincidence.”

Jun said she chose an apple – an ancient symbol for religion – to represent the random reality of life on this planet.

Ahn Jun / Caters News

Jun said: “I asked my family members to keep throwing apples and recorded the process of landing using rapid continuous shooting.

“In the editing process, I chose frames with the compositional balance to suggest the apple was being suspended midway, as if it was resisting its fate and gravity.

“An apple is the oldest object to survive through history. It symbolises religion, knowledge and fate, and it’s both familiar and profound.

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“Life is like a thing thrown into a space with gravity. It comes into being as a result of love, which I think destiny, but combination of gene of being is random.”