Australian visual artist Catherine Nelson, known for creating otherworldly floating globes, has embarked on a new creative journey in her series Expedition, which depicts surreal scenes of nature. These five pieces, which took nearly ten months to assemble, are made from hundreds of photographs that are digitally stitched together to create painterly landscapes that look too fantastic to be entirely real, venturing into the realm of imaginary worlds.
Each piece is incredibly detailed, featuring animals, unique plants, and even human figures half-hidden amongst the sprawling trees and lush foliage. Peeks of the sky add to the otherworldliness; because of the creative, warped perspective of each piece, small enclosures of clouds and blue sky almost look like they could be portals to yet another imaginary land.
Nelson’s training as a painter is evident even in her photographic work. She says, “When I embraced the medium of photography, I felt that taking a picture that represented only what was within the frame of the lens wasn’t expressing my personal and inner experience of the world around me. With the eye and training of a painter and with years of experience behind me in film visual effects, I began to take my photos to another level.” The result is a stunning portfolio of digitally “painted” works that transport the viewer to wild and beautiful landscapes.