Humanity and Nature are One – Segmento

This wonderful image is from Brazilian advertising agency Segmento. It illustrates their campaign titled “Humanity and Nature Are One.” To me this highly creative image illustrates two things. The first is the power of digital imagery. It is difficult to imagine that a similar image could have been as powerful as this using any other …

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The World is Made of Local Lives – Catherine Nelson

Catherine Nelson has created some remarkable images. Her digital images made from combinations of hundreds of photographs create a globe on which are superimposed constructed images of local landscapes and habitats. The statement “Think Global. Act Local” has become such a cliché that it has lost all meaning. Yet Nelson’s images bring it back to …

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Man and Landscape – The Photography of Jean-Paul Bourdier

What is our Human relationship with the Earth and with the landscape? The visually stunning and varied work of Jean-Paul Bourdier leads us to wonder about this question. His images of body-painted models in stark landscapes are striking and generate many different emotions. First of all there is no doubt that the images are creative …

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Beasts of the Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin

Magical realism is brought to the cinema in this recently released, haunting and captivating movie that I watched earlier today. Much of the impact of the film is purely sensory. Cinematography that creates beauty out of misery; a 6 year old actress who is as captivating as the most accomplished Hollywood diva; enchanting  music that …

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The Meaning of Nature Photography

I am in the final stages of touring round the Western part of the United States. One thing has been very noticeable during my trip – the large number of galleries selling nature photography and seemingly doing well at it. Nature photography has not changed in its nature for decades. People have got better at …

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Nature as Fun – the work of David Kracov

Why does it seem so difficult for artists to see nature as fun? A few years ago I bought a sculpture by David Kracov. It was similar to the one shown above – “Go With The Flow”. Inspired by pop art, this sculpture is a celebration of fish. Every time one looks at it, one …

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Umberto Eco and the Gnomes of Gnú

“No doubt your civilization has some very interesting features: but if you bring it here we’ll loose our meadows, our trees, our rivers and we’ll be worse off. Would you mind not discovering us?” So said the chief gnome in Umberto Eco’s The Gnomes of Gnú, a children’s book beautifully illustrated by Eugenio Carmi. Author …

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What is Real? What is Constructed? The Trees of Myoung Ho Lee

When I first saw these images I thought these were giant images of trees artificially placed in a landscape. Only on further examination did I realize that these were trees in their landscape, isolated against a large white backdrop and then photographed. This is the work of South Korean artist Myoung Ho Lee (no website) …

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Nature as Emotional Experience – The work of Sergio Muscat

Nature and landscape photography is in a rut. The same style of imagery that we have seen for decades hasn’t changed. While fun for amateur photographers to engage in and learn how to execute ‘the perfect landscape’, such photography has nothing left to say. It’s time to move on. But where to? Sergio Muscat has …

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Nature, Music and Technology – Björk’s Biophilia

Icelandic musician Björk has launched a new album – Biophilia.  The most remarkable thing about the album is that it is the first album to be launched as an iPhone and iPad App available from the Apple App Store. As will be obvious to almost nobody from its title, the album celebrates nature and does …

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