Artist Constructs Heartbreaking Image Reminding Us to Love the Earth

Toy Photography Heartbreak by Felix Hernandez

Photographer and digital artist Felix Hernandez visualizes his “thoughts, dreams, and ideas” through fantastical photos crafted from toy models, hand-built sets, and clever camera tricks. His latest project, Heartbreak, explores the negative impact we humans are having on our planet.

“Nature is beautiful, it's amazing, and we all are part of it,” says Hernandez. “But with our actions we are taking it down. When I look into the eyes of my son, it breaks my heart, knowing the place I'm leaving him behind.” Heartbreak is the first of a new series, in which Hernandez plans to use miniature animal figures to represent real people and ideas. He explains, “In Heartbreak the baby elephant represents my youngest son and the adult elephant represent me.”

The moving image shows the two elephants separated by a crumbling, heart-shaped crevasse that was caused by the weight of their own footsteps. The lifelike rock is rendered from sculpted foam, while the toy elephants and various model elements are added to finish the scene. After Hernandez snaps a photo of the set up in his studio, he edits it in Photoshop to bring his artistic vision to life.

“The message behind the series is simple,” says Hernandez. “Look what we are doing to our world, ourselves, our children with our actions. None of us are perfect and will never be, but we can all contribute in some way to leave behind a better place.”

You can see more from Hernandez's portfolio on Behance.

Photographer and digital artist Felix Hernandez's image Heartbreak visualizes human impact on our planet.

Toy Photography Heartbreak by Felix Hernandez

It's cleverly crafted from toy models and a hand-built set.

Toy Photography Heartbreak by Felix Hernandez

Toy Photography Heartbreak by Felix Hernandez

Toy Photography Heartbreak by Felix Hernandez

Toy Photography Heartbreak by Felix Hernandez

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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