‘In Anxious Anticipation’, created by photographer Aaron Tilley and art director Kyle Bean, will get your pulse pounding and your heart racing with accidents suspended just moments before they happen.
Made for Kinfolk Magazine’s adrenaline issue, the series depicts a pen about to drip ink on a white shirt, concrete blocks set to tip over a champagne glass, and a rock precariously swinging over a bunch of matches.
These scenarios – absurd as they may be – trigger feelings like fear or excitement as we anxiously await the outcome.
The photos stress our fight-or-flight response to disasters we perceive about to happen. It’s this sudden surge of adrenaline that’s helped humans survive for millenia, and continues to make our daily lives interesting.
‘Whether we’re readying ourselves for the start of an event or just imagining ourselves partaking in it, the buzz of nervous anticipation is sometimes as satisfying as the reward at the end. Often just the thought of what if? can be as potent as the act itself, and the thrill of the chase may occasionally be more powerful than the real deal’, reads Jordan Kushins’ write up on Kinfolk.
‘By learning to embrace the heady feelings that gurgle within us before fear takes hold, we can rediscover our personal lust for life—whether that’s through vicarious voyeurism or holding our breath before actually plunging into the deep’.
You can read more about ‘In Anxious Anticipation’ here.