What you are looking at is not an actual place. Not a place you could walk through at least. These beautiful, dream-like photographs are actually created in Kim Keever’s studio. He has carefully built miniature topographies in a 200-gallon tank which he then fills with water. He creates the color and vibrance through lights, gels, and various pigments which are added to the tank. It’s a similar technique that special effects wizards employed in what they called “cloud tanks” to create the ominous storm clouds in films like Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Poltergeist. Once the pigments are added, Keever has to work quickly to capture the image with his large-format camera before the “clouds” disperse in the water. His photographs are reminiscent of landscape paintings by artists such as Frederic Edwin Church, who was part of the movement known as luminism, established during the Romantic period of the late 19th century. The David B. Smith Gallery in Colorado has his work on exhibition from now until November 19.
[via My Modern Met]