For Guillaume Amat's “Open Fields” project he placed a mirrored stand in various landscapes, reflecting the opposing environment back within the image to create a double interpretation of the surrounding scene. These reflections contain dark figures against bright fields, homes in barren landscapes, bits of foliage contained within stretches of industry, and even a horse that pops into the frame.
Each image is taken with a 4×5 inch camera, the included mirror measuring 31.5 x 47.2 inches. Amat wanted to concentrate on the double interpretation of the landscape seen outside and within the mirror, working on the concept of territory as space.
Independent curator and writer Paul Wombell compared this series to the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice saying, “With the use of the camera and a mirror Guillaume Amat has made photographic images that simultaneously look forward and backwards. They create a strange dreamlike landscape where buildings and figures float in the center of the picture and suggest that he has two sets of eyes, both at the front and back of his head. Orpheus would have been impressed.”
Amat lives and works in Paris where he mostly focuses on long-term projects to produce cohesive photographic narratives existing somewhere between documentary and poetry. (via vjeranski)
Making-Off Open Fields /#2 Le Calvaire des Dunes.
Brooklyn-based graphic designer Victoria Siemer (previously) explores the idea of fractured landscapes through photo manipulations and collages. Siemer makes use of reflected geometric shapes suspended over gloomy natural landscapes shrouded in fog and clouds resulting in portal-like mirrors. She says much of her work is guided by the idea of emotional fragmentation and “fragmentation of the self,” a topic she explored in-depth while studying design at SUNY Buffalo. You can keep up with her work on Instagram and some of her pieces are available as prints.
Bright, thick, and severe, Wayne Thiebaud‘s landscapes veer far from his well-known paintings of common objects and sweets. These works feature steep inclines and long shadows, providing a dramatic new perspective to seemingly banal landscapes and cityscapes.
Thiebaud was born in Mesa, Arizona in 1920 and during his early career spent time in the animation department of Walt Disney Studios and the Special Service Department as an artist and cartoonist in the Air Force. Thiebaud studied at both San Jose State University and California State University in Sacramento, and had his very first solo exhibition at the Crocker Art Gallery in Sacramento.
Although Thiebaud is often associated with the Pop art movement, many of his early works pre-date classic pop pieces and he personally rejects the association. “I don’t care for pop art at all,” Thiebaud told The Wall Street Journal last year. “Pop artists just appropriate. They steal too much for me.”
A new book scheduled for publication this fall by Rizzoli will span the length of Thiebaud’s career, covering his work from the 1950s until today. The 94-year-old artist selected all the works in the monograph and also wrote a reflective introduction. The book will include his dessert, candy, and common object still lifes while also taking a look at as his landscape and cityscape paintings that tend to focus on the Sacramento River valley and San Francisco. You can pre-order the book “Wayne Thiebaud” on Amazon now, and see more of his work on Artsy. (via B-sides)
Often I use the windows of airplanes as frames in which to view the landscapes just beyond the thick glass— scenes featuring rolling clouds, rich gradient skies, and patchwork fields. Jim Darling has taken this idea of the window as frame and created paintings that place the audience as passenger, showcasing vague yet nostalgic landscapes within his constructed airplane windows.
Darling’s paintings are from this sky-high perspective, painted cities, clouds, and oceans with the occasional wing creeping into the painting from the far edges. Each work includes layered woodwork, acrylic, and aerosol to build the tromp l’oeil nature of the piece, allowing one to finally experience these atmospheric views without the turbulence. (via Stop, Drop & Vogue)
Ellie Davies' studio is the forest, creating magical, fairytale-like stills throughout the UK. Davies has been exploring this terrain for the past seven years, attempting to uncover the complex interrelationships between landscape and the individual.
Davies creates both temporary and non-invasive interventions within each forested scene. By incorporating pools of light, smoke, and craft materials she places the viewer in the liminal space between reality and fantasy, a re-exploration of the natural world around us. In her series Stars, the artist overlays her own photography with stars plucked from imagery taken by the Hubble space telescope. These mystical images are created in order to encourage pause, and provoke thoughts about how landscapes influences our identity.
Davies lives in London and received her MA in Photography from London College of Communications in 2008. She is represented by several international galleries including A.Galerie in Paris, Crane Kalman Brighton, Sophie Maree Gallery in The Netherlands, Brucie Collections in Kiev, and Art Gemini, Singapore. Recently Crane Kalman Gallery Brighton took her work to the Photo London Art Fair at Somerset House from May 21st through 24th, 2015. (via Kateoplis, My Modern Met)
A Finnish photographer who goes by the name of Janne recently perfected a technique for shooting a “moon trail,” similar to long exposures you’ve probably seen of stars in the night sky. The photograph required over 37 minutes to shoot as the moon made its way slowly across the landscape. Michael Zhang from PetaPixel explains a bit of the technical details:
Janne was shooting with a Nikon D800 and 100-300mm lens at 300mm, f/8, and ISO 100. The trick behind the shot was a 10-stop neutral density filter, which greatly cut down the amount of light hitting the sensor and allowed Janne to shoot a 2258-second exposure.
You can see the moon trail a bit larger here, and see more of Janne’s photos from around Finland on Flickr. (via PetaPixel)
Photographer Jarred Decker recently stopped by Silver Falls, Oregon where he captured this amazing view of North Falls that looks uncannily like an eyeball. The final image is actually three stitched shots Decker took from inside a cave, and he says it wasn’t his intention to create an eyeball-like photo, just a happy coincidence. He has prints available through Fine Art America. (via Colossal Submissions)