Arizona-based photographer Kerry Skarbakka’s self-portrait series has viewers everywhere on the edges of their seats. Inspired by Martin Heidegger’s theory of the human existence as a state of perpetual falling, Skarbakka has photographed himself falling from a variety of precipices: bridges, balconies, ladders, and many more. While the photos are of course staged, they are nonetheless unnerving.

“The images stand as ominous messages and reminders that we are all vulnerable to losing our footing and grasp. Moreover, they convey the primal qualities of the human condition as a precarious balancing act between the struggle against our desire to survive and our fantasy to transcend our humanness,” the artist said.

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[via FlavorWire]