Photographer Kirsty Mitchell has spent five years dreaming up fantastical scenes that look straight out of fairytales for her project Wonderland. Here are the most magical, from an origami armada to a cloak of autumn leaves.
An exotic and surreal image of two parrots perched on tropical foliage has been named winner of this year’s William and Winifred Bowness Photography prize in Australia.
Created by Joseph McGlennon, the photograph is both “powerful” and “mysterious” according to judges, who chose it ahead of 46 other finalists.“Joseph brings the macrocosmic and microcosmic together masterfully in this landscape,” said judge Stephen Zagala.
“I’m a big fan of the work of [the botanist] Joseph Banks and his travels with James Cook,” McGlennon told Guardian Australia.
“He tried to put a book together called Florilegium, which in Latin means ‘collecting botanicals’, and I liked that thought.
For me the image is about what [our planet is] losing, as much as it is about what exists.
”McGlennon’s image is composed of “probably over 100 layers”. He travelled the world to collect and shoot the visual components before spending several weeks arranging them to seductive effect in post-production.
And while much of his photographic practice involves taxidermied animals, he says the parrots were “very much alive!”.“It’s a very utopian scene,” he says. “I wanted it to be super-real; I wanted people to be entranced.
In a new exhibit, ‘Reverie,’ on view at the photo-eye Gallery in Santa Fe, N.M., artist Tom Chambers fuses photography with graphic arts in a series of dreamlike photomontages.
“I like to say that instead of taking a photo, I am making a photo,” Mr. Chambers told Anne Kelly, the gallery’s Associate Director. His work, styled in the tradition of magic realism, brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘making photos.’
His process begins with creating a concept sketch. Over time, he photographs each element of the scene.
Once he has created the components, he combines them digitally to make photomontages, which are comprised of two or more photographs to create one final image.
The images are enhanced using Photoshop to emulate a dreamlike tone, in the tradition of magic realism. According to the gallery, Mr. Chambers “modernizes Renaissance painting techniques with his camera…while drawing from pivotal works in the lineage of art history.”
The images, inspired by ‘dreams and reverie,’ aim to present narratives that engage the viewer and provoke curiosity. “My rule of thumb is to create images that are possible, but improbable,” Mr. Chambers said.
‘Pennants Over Pienza,’ 2012.Tom Chambers
“Because I am adjusting one or two elements, the resultant photomontage is intended to appear almost real,”
Mr. Chambers told Ms. Kelly. “In addition, creating a photomontage involves a tremendous amount of post-production. I have to be very thoughtful about honoring my idea for the final image.
I want to avoid over-manipulation of the pieces that are included in the final image and ensure that the final gestalt feels authentic, yet a bit disturbing, and not too forced.”