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
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Red deer fighting during the rutting season at a wildlife park on a fall day in Bonn, Western Germany.
The rut is the mating season of ruminant animals such as deer, sheep, camels, goats, pronghorns, bison and Asian and African antelopes.
During the rut (also known as the rutting period males often rub their antlers or horns on trees or shrubs, fight with each other, wallow in mud or dust, self-anoint and herd in season females together.
Photograph taken on Thursday, 27 October, 2016.
Image Credit: AP Photo/Markus Schreiber
Cologne’s location on the River Rhine placed it at the intersection of the major east-west trade routes and this was the basis of its wealth and power.
Besides its economic and political significance, Cologne also became an outstanding centre of medieval pilgrimage when Cologne’s archbishop gave the relics of The Three Wise Men to the Cathedral in 1164.
In the Middle Ages it was the most densely populated and one of the most prosperous towns in the German-speaking region, with an established university and membership of the Hansa alliance (Hanseatic League) of trading cities.
This economic association of towns and cities stretched from the Baltic to the North Sea and dominated trade along the coast of Northern Europe for centuries.
Trade fairs, which provided early printers with a market for their books, were an established feature of Cologne life.