THE AGE OF MELANCHOLY
As sadly rates of mental health issues are constantly increasing, The Age of Melancholy by Paul Lukin is a dark visual narrative that explores different aspects of life and loneliness from both personal and universal perspectives. In an age in which we’re all digitally connected, real connections seem to become harder to make. Loneliness is becoming a growing health epidemic of our era.
Paul Lukin was born in Split, Croatia, in 1980. Lukin started photographing in 2004 and has been obsessed with the medium ever since.
He works on long-term, self-assigned projects, focusing on work that explores different aspects of the human condition from both personal and universal perspectives. Emotional monochromatic studies of life that is dark, poetic and at times humorous. Silence, darkness, and loneliness are recurring themes in his work. Lukin is a finalist of Sony World Photography Awards 2018, finalist of Siena International Photo Awards 2019, and was shortlisted for the World Press Photo 2019. He was also an invitee artist by European Cultural Center for the Venice Art Biennale 2019. His work has been exhibited in galleries internationally, including the prestigious Somerset House in London. His photographs appeared in publications and media outlets ranging from National Geographic, GUP Magazine to BBC.