Welsh artist Zander Olsen took this amazing series of photographs titled “Tree, Line,” which looks deceptively underwhelming, until you realize that he has crafted the photos in a specific and precise way: the tree trunks are wrapped in a white material that perfectly matches the horizon behind them. The result is the unbroken line of the horizon, which are brought out by the trees rather than obscured by them.
The illusion blends together nature and man-made elements together wonderfully, and I think these would make a great set of grouped prints. From Olsen’s website:
‘This is an ongoing series of constructed photographs rooted in the forest. These works, carried out in Surrey, Hampshire and Wales,involve site specific interventions in the landscape, ‘wrapping’ trees with white material to construct a visual relationship between tree, not-tree and the line of horizon according to the camera’s viewpoint.’
In the photographs, the plastic is very striking and unnatural against the bark of the trees, yet the horizon effect is subtle and hard to immediately detect. It’s a fantastic illusion that clearly took a lot of time and precision, and I’m hoping that he’ll post even more photos of these in new forests. [Via Fubiz.]