Duality and Fluidity. These are terms that resonated with Ethan Helow since the beginning. As an up and coming queer artist, Ethan resurfaces childhood escapist techniques to define and illustrate his own identity.

Children can be many things at once without question. Parents, superiors and greater society do not dismiss simultaneous realities or alternate expressions. Bedtime stories are not bound to the paperback editions we wear and tear. As we age, we are told one story. Labels and ultimatums are created to suppress diversity and evolution. Imaginations dim and humans resort to anticipating and scrutinizing the future or mourning the past to deny the present.

Ethan’s process begins with muting the chaos and stepping into a moment of introspection. His goal is to captivate the average audience and reintroduce the meditative practice of daydream. Photography is Ethan’s portal to another dimension where nothing is absolute.


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