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It's time for your close-up with surreal photographer Ian Markell

Posted by Liv Siddall,

You know the feeling at a party when someone with no grasp of personal space talks at you and you politely lean back as they inch slowly towards your petrified face? That’s kind of the feeling you get when confronted with the close-up, gap-tooth photography of Ian Markell, who Vice tells us rides around on a motorbike and takes photos with one of these bad boys.

What’s so terrific about Ian is how the stark, honest nature of his style contrasts nicely with the pretty surreal and dreamy end-product of his work. Ian’s photographs are like the guy at the party in your face — even though he makes you a little uneasy, you’ll let him carry on for a bit longer because you’re actually kind of enjoying it.

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Posted by Liv Siddall

Liv joined It’s Nice That as an intern in 2011 and is now one of our editors. She oversees itsnicethat.com and has a particular interest in illustration, photography and music videos. She also runs our London listings site This At There, and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.