Riley McBride – Safety Effect

It’s some time ago that we received an editorial in black and white. This one is absolutely artful and wonderful; and have we ever mentioned that we love ballet?

“I’m Riley McBride, an 18 year old photographer/artist from a small town of south Georgia. I’m going to school to make art for a living if Ramen noodles don’t kill me first.

This series is called ‘Safety Effect’
A dirty, empty house, pointe shoes, tulle…”

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Everyone needs safety.

Everyone searches safety.

Everyone has a longing for it.

But no one finds it actually.

No one will face it one-hundred percent.


Safety has the effect to disappear immediately

as soon as it appears.


It is like an unreal dream

in which you want to stay.


It is like a transparent matter;

light and airy.


It is like a beautiful Fata Morgana;

this safety beyond reach.


Jeder braucht Sicherheit.

Jeder sucht Sicherheit.

Jeder hat Verlangen nach ihr.

Aber keiner findet sie in Wirklichkeit.

Keiner wird ihr hundertprozentig begegnen.


Sicherheit hat den Effekt sofort zu verschwinden,

sobald sie aufgetaucht ist.


Sie ist wie ein unrealer Traum,

in dem man bleiben möchte.


Sie ist wie eine durchsichtige Materie;

leicht und gewichtlos.


Sie ist wie eine schöne Fata Morgana,

diese unerreichbare Sicherheit.


Photography: Riley McBride ☆ IG: @rileymcbride

Model: Sara Scruggs

Text: Zebra

Thank you! 

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