An Overwhelming Cacophony

By  |  June 20, 2017
All photos © Ian Mahathey All photos © Ian Mahathey

Artist: Ian Mahathey

Project: The Sound the Dryfly Makes

Description: In The Sound the Dryfly Makes, Ian Mahathey considers how boyhood aspirations are transformed by adulthood. Although the photographs initially capture a youthful vigor, the collection “morphs as the responsibilities and realities of adulthood are approached and eventually taken on.” Much like the sound of the dryfly, which is a colloquial term for cicada, Mahathey describes this work as “quiet at first and developing into an overwhelming cacophony.”


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Ian Mahathey is a portrait and documentary photographer based in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from Appalachian State University in 2010 with degrees in psychology and photography. His photographs have appeared in the New York Times, ESPN, The Undefeated, and Stern Crime. See more of Ian’s work at www.ianmahathey.com.