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Mysterious Landscapes of People Exploring the World by Nicolas Bouvier

Mysterious Landscapes of People Exploring the World by Nicolas Bouvier travel landscapes

Mysterious Landscapes of People Exploring the World by Nicolas Bouvier travel landscapes

Mysterious Landscapes of People Exploring the World by Nicolas Bouvier travel landscapes

Mysterious Landscapes of People Exploring the World by Nicolas Bouvier travel landscapes

Mysterious Landscapes of People Exploring the World by Nicolas Bouvier travel landscapes

Mysterious Landscapes of People Exploring the World by Nicolas Bouvier travel landscapes

Mysterious Landscapes of People Exploring the World by Nicolas Bouvier travel landscapes

Mysterious Landscapes of People Exploring the World by Nicolas Bouvier travel landscapes

Mysterious Landscapes of People Exploring the World by Nicolas Bouvier travel landscapes

Mysterious Landscapes of People Exploring the World by Nicolas Bouvier travel landscapes

To explore the photography of French art director and concept designer Nicolas Bouvier is to become lost in strange new world, the inhabitants of which are dwarfed by the towering silhouettes of tree and mountains, or swallowed completely by eerie fog and haze. Though these landscapes are indeed real, shot in locations mostly in the Pacific Northwestern U.S., it may not be surprising that Bouvier’s day job is pure science fiction: he creates stunning concept art and illustrations for video games like Halo and Assassin’s Creed. While his concept art has gathered wide acclaim (he’s currently publishing a third book of his own illustrations), his photographic work has also flourished, garnering a significant following over on Flickr. We’ve featured his images several times right here on Colossal as part of our Flickr Finds series.

Currently based in Seattle, Bouvier first picked up a camera in the 1990s while in school, but it wasn’t until 2007 that he began shooting again in earnest. He has since amassed a collection of nearly two dozen cameras (he mentions he picked up a Lumix ZS40 just yesterday), all of which he experiments with as he explores locations around California, Washington, Oregon, Mexico, and France with his family who often appear as subjects in his surreal photos.

It was nearly impossible to make a selection of work for this post, so I strongly urge you to click this link, grab some coffee, and then press the right arrow on your keyboard about 1,100 times. You won’t regret it.

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New Impossibly Tiny Landscapes Painted on Food by Hasan Kale

New Impossibly Tiny Landscapes Painted on Food by Hasan Kale painting miniature landscapes Istanbul food

New Impossibly Tiny Landscapes Painted on Food by Hasan Kale painting miniature landscapes Istanbul food

New Impossibly Tiny Landscapes Painted on Food by Hasan Kale painting miniature landscapes Istanbul food

New Impossibly Tiny Landscapes Painted on Food by Hasan Kale painting miniature landscapes Istanbul food

New Impossibly Tiny Landscapes Painted on Food by Hasan Kale painting miniature landscapes Istanbul food

New Impossibly Tiny Landscapes Painted on Food by Hasan Kale painting miniature landscapes Istanbul food

New Impossibly Tiny Landscapes Painted on Food by Hasan Kale painting miniature landscapes Istanbul food

New Impossibly Tiny Landscapes Painted on Food by Hasan Kale painting miniature landscapes Istanbul food

From onion peels to kiwi seeds or even bits of chocolate, it seems any canvas is sufficient for Turkish artist Hasan Kale (previously) as long as it meets the requirement of being incredibly tiny. Hasan delights in the challenge of depicting landscapes of his native Istanbul in the most infinitesimal of brush strokes, a feat that requires the use of a magnifying glass to appreciate the details of each piece. While the longevity of each object he paints is questionable, the steadiness of his hand is impressive to witness. See much more over on Facebook. (via Illusion)

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Embroidered Landscapes and Plants by Ana Teresa Barboza

Embroidered Landscapes and Plants by Ana Teresa Barboza textiles landscapes embroidery

Embroidered Landscapes and Plants by Ana Teresa Barboza textiles landscapes embroidery

Embroidered Landscapes and Plants by Ana Teresa Barboza textiles landscapes embroidery

Embroidered Landscapes and Plants by Ana Teresa Barboza textiles landscapes embroidery

Embroidered Landscapes and Plants by Ana Teresa Barboza textiles landscapes embroidery

Embroidered Landscapes and Plants by Ana Teresa Barboza textiles landscapes embroidery

Embroidered Landscapes and Plants by Ana Teresa Barboza textiles landscapes embroidery

Embroidered Landscapes and Plants by Ana Teresa Barboza textiles landscapes embroidery

Using embroidery, yarn, and and wool artist Ana Teresa Barboza creates landscapes and other imagery that exists in the space between tapestry and sculpture. Mimicking the flow of waves or grass, each piece seems to tumble from its embroidery hoop where it flows down the gallery wall. Most of the pieces seen here are from her 2013 Suspension series, though you can see more on her blog (be sure to click “entrar” next to each item). You can also read a bit more about her work on Now Contemporary Art. (via Ignant, I ♥ Art)

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Good Badlands: Dry Terrain of the American West Captured in a Brief Moment of Color by Guy Tal

Good Badlands: Dry Terrain of the American West Captured in a Brief Moment of Color by Guy Tal nature landscapes flowers deserts

Good Badlands: Dry Terrain of the American West Captured in a Brief Moment of Color by Guy Tal nature landscapes flowers deserts

Good Badlands: Dry Terrain of the American West Captured in a Brief Moment of Color by Guy Tal nature landscapes flowers deserts

Good Badlands: Dry Terrain of the American West Captured in a Brief Moment of Color by Guy Tal nature landscapes flowers deserts

Good Badlands: Dry Terrain of the American West Captured in a Brief Moment of Color by Guy Tal nature landscapes flowers deserts

Good Badlands: Dry Terrain of the American West Captured in a Brief Moment of Color by Guy Tal nature landscapes flowers deserts

Good Badlands: Dry Terrain of the American West Captured in a Brief Moment of Color by Guy Tal nature landscapes flowers deserts

The Badlands are a type of parched, sunbaked terrain characterized by jagged rock, cracked earth and, of course, minimal vegetation. It’s a harsh environment of lifeless wasteland but there is also good news to be found in the badlands. For the patient observer, like photographer Guy Tal, there is a delicate beauty that reveals itself only so often. “On rare years,” says Tal, describing his series of photos taken in the American West, “wildflowers burst into stunning display of color, transforming the desert into a veritable garden for just few precious days.” The reason, apparently, is that vegetation in the region has adapted to the climate. With just a tiny bit of moisture the desert can transform into a colorful garden of bright purple and yellow. You can see more photos on Tal’s website, or purchase his book More Than a Rock. (via Bored Panda)

Update: According to @happyhillers these are Scorpionweed and Beeplant flowers.

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Iceland Infrared: Stark Photographs of Icelandic Landscapes by Andy Lee

Iceland Infrared: Stark Photographs of Icelandic Landscapes by Andy Lee landscapes infrared Iceland

Iceland Infrared: Stark Photographs of Icelandic Landscapes by Andy Lee landscapes infrared Iceland

Iceland Infrared: Stark Photographs of Icelandic Landscapes by Andy Lee landscapes infrared Iceland

Iceland Infrared: Stark Photographs of Icelandic Landscapes by Andy Lee landscapes infrared Iceland

Iceland Infrared: Stark Photographs of Icelandic Landscapes by Andy Lee landscapes infrared Iceland

Iceland Infrared: Stark Photographs of Icelandic Landscapes by Andy Lee landscapes infrared Iceland

Iceland Infrared: Stark Photographs of Icelandic Landscapes by Andy Lee landscapes infrared Iceland

Iceland Infrared: Stark Photographs of Icelandic Landscapes by Andy Lee landscapes infrared Iceland

Iceland Infrared: Stark Photographs of Icelandic Landscapes by Andy Lee landscapes infrared Iceland

Iceland Infrared: Stark Photographs of Icelandic Landscapes by Andy Lee landscapes infrared Iceland

Iceland, with its extreme landscapes, jagged lava fields and Northern Lights, is arguably one of the most photogenic countries in the world. So it’s no surprise that over half a million tourists flock there every year to shoot the landscape. But UK-based photographer Andy Lee, on his first visit to the country, came back with a series of photos titled “Blue Iceland” that captured the waterfalls, peaks and roads in, literally, a whole new light. Using infrared photography to pick up invisible light rather than visible light, Lee transformed Iceland into a series of stark, moody and somewhat dreamlike silhouettes. At times the austere rock formations and glowing waterfalls almost appear to be painted. You can see much more of Lee’s work over on his portfolio site. In the words of Lee himself, “Infrared and Iceland, a match made in heaven.” (via PetaPixel)

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From the New World: A Sprawling Digital Collage of a Dystopian Future by Yang Yongliang

From the New World: A Sprawling Digital Collage of a Dystopian Future by Yang Yongliang landscapes digital collage China
From the New World, 13′ x 26′ (400cm x 800cm), Epson Ultragiclee print on Epson fine art paper

From the New World: A Sprawling Digital Collage of a Dystopian Future by Yang Yongliang landscapes digital collage China
From the New World, detail

From the New World: A Sprawling Digital Collage of a Dystopian Future by Yang Yongliang landscapes digital collage China
From the New World, detail

From the New World: A Sprawling Digital Collage of a Dystopian Future by Yang Yongliang landscapes digital collage China
From the New World, detail

From the New World: A Sprawling Digital Collage of a Dystopian Future by Yang Yongliang landscapes digital collage China
From the New World, detail

From the New World: A Sprawling Digital Collage of a Dystopian Future by Yang Yongliang landscapes digital collage China
From the New World, detail

From the New World: A Sprawling Digital Collage of a Dystopian Future by Yang Yongliang landscapes digital collage China
From the New World, detail

From the New World: A Sprawling Digital Collage of a Dystopian Future by Yang Yongliang landscapes digital collage China
From the New World, detail

In his largest artwork to date, Chinese artist Yang Yongliang (previously here and here) just unveiled From the New World, a sprawling digital collage depicting an overpopulated, futuristic landscape completely overrun with construction, debris, and high-rise skyscrapers. The new artwork is a continuation of Yongliang’s ongoing commentary about the devastating effects of unchecked development and industrialization through the use of dense, photography-based collage. From the New World measures almost 26 feet wide (800cm) by 13 feet tall, and while it’s impossible to truly appreciate it online, you can see many more detail shots over on his website.

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Conrad Jon Godly’s Mountain Paintings Drip from the Canvas

Conrad Jon Godlys Mountain Paintings Drip from the Canvas painting mountains landscapes
sol H, 2012, 35×35 cm

Conrad Jon Godlys Mountain Paintings Drip from the Canvas painting mountains landscapes
sol H, detail

Conrad Jon Godlys Mountain Paintings Drip from the Canvas painting mountains landscapes
sol 13, 2013, 35×28 cm

Conrad Jon Godlys Mountain Paintings Drip from the Canvas painting mountains landscapes
sol 16, 2013, 75×60 cm

Conrad Jon Godlys Mountain Paintings Drip from the Canvas painting mountains landscapes
sol 43, 2013, 85×70 cm

Conrad Jon Godlys Mountain Paintings Drip from the Canvas painting mountains landscapes
sol 56, 2013, 47×40 cm

Conrad Jon Godlys Mountain Paintings Drip from the Canvas painting mountains landscapes
sol 15, 2013, 67×50 cm

Conrad Jon Godlys Mountain Paintings Drip from the Canvas painting mountains landscapes
tony wuethrich satellite, zürich

When looking at Swiss painter Conrad Jon Godly’s mountainous paintings, it takes a moment to truly appreciate the incredible skill behind what seems to be such an effortless application of paint. Up close the landscapes appear to be a thick, almost random mix of blue, white and black, the result oils mixed with turpentine to create a thick impasto that Godly often leaves dripping from the canvas. Take a few steps back (or just squint your eyes a bit) and miraculously you might as well be looking at a photograph of the Swiss Alps. It’s a visual trick that the artist has perfected in both small and large-scale paintings over the last few years.

Godly studied as a painter at the Basel School of Art from 1982 until 1986, but then worked as a professional photographer for 18 years. He only returned to painting in 2007 and it would seem his photographic work has had a subtle influence on his abstract painting. The artist most recently had exhibitions at Gallery Luciano Fasciati and Tony Wuethrich Gallery in Switzerland, and you can see many more paintings on his website. (via OEN, A Wash of Black)

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