Brooklyn-based photographer and writer Charlie Rubin recently completed his first book Strange Paradise. The tome examines perception and the process by which people take in information. Rubin is particularly interested in how people perceive and combine the artificial and the actual. The venture, while calling attention to the tension between the real and the artificial, is also performative; it incorporates photography, collage, and printmaking within the text, daring the reader to notice how the natural world departs from what can visually be perceived. The new release demonstrates how technology can alter our observations of reality. By juxtaposing surprising elements with logical argument, the artist constructs a world where the reader must carefully discern truth from manipulation.