In 2007, photographer Damian VanCamp began an exploration into human fear. During his investigation, VanCamp determined that what is most terrifying to individuals is not a fear of “The Unknown”, but rather self-imagined projections of what we interpret “The Unknown” to be. In his series “Sea Monsters”, VanCamp finds inspiration in these self-imagined fears and creates his own composited creatures of the dark. “Based on the notion that Fear is the irrational product of a run-away imagination, the series attempts to uncloak and conquer the emotion by transforming sea monsters into whimsical, archetypal visual icons that symbolize fear, rather than create it,” explains VanCamp.
Text by Canbra Hodsdon