For his computer-generated aerial images, Netherlands-based photographer Ysbrand Cosijn blankets the wilderness in layers of mist, imbuing his imagined landscapes with a sense of enigma and wonderment.
The photographer and illustrator, though he draws inspiration from real locations, explains that his images are mostly constructed within his subconscious. His sweeping, lofty views further elevate each scene from the realm of daily life, allowing dark and suspenseful dramas to unfold. He incorporates fog in part because of its uncanny ability to create the illusion of a wider depth of field. For Cosijin, aerial imagery also serves the paradoxical purpose of making the landscape more accessible; like birds flying overhead, our eyes might land at any spot they choose.
Cosijins compelling fabrications are ultimately the product of his profound reverence for the natural world. “When I see the wilderness, I immediately make pictures in my mind. The wilderness is exciting, surprising and a treasure of visual elements,” explains the artist.
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