Check out this beautiful panoramic photograph by Kelly Richardson, which features fiery missiles or vessels leaving planet Earth. The landscape for the piece was shot in West Texas during Kelly’s artist residency at Artpace in San Antonio. From the artist’s site:
“Drawing from the aesthetics of sci-fi films and dystopian stories, Orion Tide presents a Roswell-esque desert with spurts of light and smoke repeatedly taking off into the dark night sky. As a part of CONTACT festival 2013, Orion Tide rests somewhere in the territory between science fiction and biblical wraths. By uniting the cataclysmic commonalities that both worlds share, Richardson created an apocalyptically sublime space in which all ideals dissolve and a universal transition is made for whatever may come next.”
I think the only thing I that could improve the work would be to animate the rockets into an endless loop. It’s an intriguing piece nonetheless.
Edit (8/10/2014): The artist informed me that the the videos are animated as seamless loops. Very cool!
Here’s a video of Kelly describing her work, if you’d like to learn more.
Brendan Austin is a visual artist who shares his time between Europe, the United States, Africa, and Asia. His work is comprised of architectural and landscape photography taken during his many travels. The photographs are replete with supernatural and celestial undertones. I really like the “over-saturated” rockscape images; they sort of look like the surface of some toxic, extraterrestrial planet, maybe Venus?
“China Danxia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the name given in China to landscapes developed on continental red terrigenous sedimentary beds influenced by endogenous forces (including uplift) and exogenous forces (including weathering and erosion). The inscribed site comprises six areas found in the sub-tropical zone of south-west China.
They are characterized by spectacular red cliffs and a range of erosional landforms, including dramatic natural pillars, towers, ravines, valleys and waterfalls. These rugged landscapes have helped to conserve sub-tropical broad-leaved evergreen forests, and host many species of flora and fauna, about 400 of which are considered rare or threatened.” — description from UNESCO
It’s really quite amazing what surprises can be found on this Earth.
Ruben Brulat discovered the most striking landscapes in the world for his two photography series, Paths & Primates. The images feature abandoned people in countries such as Mongolia, Iraq, the Phillipines, Nepal, and Indonesia. By inserting human strife, the scenes evolve from beautiful terrain into compelling drama, and the scale of the people in the photographs emphasizes the power of nature against us.
This personal project was conducted over the last two years, and incredibly, Brulat only traveled by land! He apparently picked up locals along the way to help find the scenes and take the photographs.