“Acceptance is the foundation of happiness, we merely have to be to receive.”
By Khia! Jackson
Photography by MyronChristian Macauley
During nearly eight years of travel and exploration, photographer MyronChristian Macauley has come into contact with shamans, elders, and warriors of various tribes around the world. His journey took him from Lima to Arequipa, Machu Picchu, Kenya, Thailand, and many places in between. The resulting coffee-table book, Modern Man in Search of Soul, presents Macauley’s readers with an intimate view into his search for self-actualization. From the first touch of its cover, Modern Man implores the reader to connect his or herself to Macauley’s journey.
The book’s cover is rough with a patterned texture, not unlike a finely webbed snakeskin. The texture fits the book well―though the idea of self-discovery is acutely civilized, the reality of it is rough, course, and treacherous. The book gives its reader an intimate view into Macauley’s notion of connectedness. The artist seems fascinated by the idea of capturing moments of peace and beauty in places they wouldn’t ordinarily exist.
Oftentimes, the peaceful feeling of his photographs defies its content: A boy meditates as two river-soaked tigers battle at both sides of his head. A pair of hands lie folded in apparent oblivion to the tickle of a rested fruit fly. Masked men dance rapturously in the center of a ring of fire. Despite the pervasive, often chaotic nature of the images, they still manage to evoke a sense of quiet reflection.