Image Credit: Photographs by Tom Jacobi.
German photographer Tom Jacobi captures mystical, archaic landscapes in the grey world from dusk to dawn.
The photos look otherworldly—free from any color distractions in order to convey the calm, contemplative, and meditative qualities of these timeless locations.
For Grey Matter(s), Jacobi traveled over two years to six continents searching for archaic landscapes—North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Australia, and Antarctica—capturing indelible images of their distinct natural beauty and shaped over thousands of years by nature.
In art, there is a technique known as grisaille and Jacobi’s work could be described as photographic grisailles: tranquil scenes composed entirely of landscapes that are devoid of color.
To capture this desaturated world, Jacobi photographed the landscapes as light shifted between day and night.
As twilight fell, he writes that the landscapes seemed “like mystical enactments from some other world.” Colors simply are reflected light, individually put together in our brain, a place also called “Grey Matter.” No light, no colors.
By photographing our colorful world at times and places, where there is no color, the illusion of a colorful reality is being unmasked.
A coffee table book of this series is available through Amazon.
See more of Tom’s work via Grey Matter(s): Photos by Tom Jacobi
There are roughly 50,000 Kuna, who are one of the largest remaining indigenous South American tribes
Photographer Eric Lafforgue documents the island tribe, whose existence is threatened by rising sea levels.
The Kuna live on the San Blas islands off the coast of Panama – which have one of the world’s highest populations of albinos
Working hard to protect the Land
This exhausted farmer just spent the whole day widening fire breaks with his tractor.
Next day he fried up a batch of banana fritters for firefighters at Coominglah Forest, in Queensland.
Image Credit: Photograph by ABC Open contributor p.carlsen