Barry Underwood, an artist and professor of photograpy at the Cleveland Art Institute, is doing wild things with lights and landscapes. Temporarily installing his lights in American forests, hills, meadows, and riverbanks, Underwood explores the “potential of the ordinary.”
He says with lighting the landscapes can become as dramatic as a stage or movie set. ”By reading the landscape and altering the vista through lights and photographic effects, I transform everyday scenes into unique images.”
Light and color, he adds, also change our perception of the spaces, transforming nature scenes into something very different. “Space collapses, while the lights that I install appear as intrusions and interventions. This combination renders the forms in the landscape abstract.”
Explore Underwood’s landscape photography and see uncropped versions of the images above.
Also, check out how Amsterdam-based artist Berndnaut Smilde is using another medium – clouds – to create spooky environmental art indoors.
Image credit: (1) Trace, Yellow (2008) (2) Aurora, Green (2007), (3) Rodeo Beach (2009), (4) Trace, Blue (2008) / Barry Underwood