When Covid-19 pandemic arrived in Queensland, Australia, we found ourselves in a lockdown situation for 2-3 months.
At home, with all this extra time, I started to adapt my business and create something new. These surreal landscape composites, which I call The Un-Scenes, helped me stay creative, reduced my anxiety, and have turned into a whole new project I am eager to keep working on.
It all started by browsing through my huge library of images collected over the years, and thinking about what could I do with them.
So…. what if I make my own scenes from the material I already have?
Take the dramatic sky from here, use that beach scene from there, and add some elements that you wouldn’t normally find in this environment.
I named my first creation “Almost Abandoned”. I was hooked.
After making two more in this “Spooky” theme, the Starry Night series developed. I picked up a blank notebook and started writing my ideas down; future themes, images I knew that would be perfect for this, and a plan for what these images were about. Soon enough half the book was filled with my chicken scratchings, diagrams, and ideas.
The basis was:
- - create atmosphere; drama from lighting, fog, smoke, dust etc
- - all elements used have to be photographed by myself
- - series of 3 for each theme that compliment each other
- - 16x9 landscape format
- - something reminiscent of our childhood memories to appear
One of the biggest challenges I have found is getting a foreground to suit. Generally, I don’t take pictures of very plain landscapes, and this is what my library is missing. So I am still out there shooting but collecting a different library of images now, keeping in mind the possible end use for these images.