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There is something inherently disorienting about macro photos of moss and mushrooms. When they have the right perspective, it is all too easy to imagine that you are looking at a strange landscape of hills, trees and buildings. There is a mystical aspect to them as well; you can imagine gnomes and fairies inhabiting these landscapes, perhaps making their homes in mushroom high rises.

In the “Tangled Bank” series, I’ve tried to emphasize these aspects of these miniature landscapes. Stock photos with the right perspective and scale were combined with several abstract images generated in ArtMatic to give the right mood. The dragonflies were borrowed from “The Atlas Of Dreams” to give a further sense of scale. Here they stand in for fairies, their mythological descendants.

For a similar example of the look and feel I was aiming for, I recommend watching the scenes of the “toxic jungle” in Hayao Miyazaki’s 1984 film, “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind”:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nausica%C3%A4_of_....

The title of the series is taken from a well known Darwin quote: “It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent upon each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us.” – Charles Darwin, from the 6th edition of “On The Origin Of Species”

Tangled Bank 4 combines a photograph from stock.xchng member “haak78”:http://www.sxc.hu/profile/haak78 with three images I created in ArtMatic and an engraving from J. G. Heck’s “The Complete Encyclopedia of Illustration”:http://www.amazon.com/The-Complete-Encyclopedia...

While having a strong background in photography and traditional printmaking, Richard Maier has mostly worked as a digital artist since the mid-90’s. His abstract and non-representational work tends toward a lush color palette and stark design, often filtered through the lens of chaos and noise. The natural world, as both the microcosm of biology and the macrocosm of space, is his favorite subject matter. He strives to create art that is both visually pleasing and intellectually fascinating.

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  • wormink
    worminkover 1 year ago

    enjoy and create but don’t get caught in the foilage

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