Reflections: A Portrait of Gaia

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 4:59 PM By Stephen J Christophers

Gaia Portrait Series: (Photographs shot using a Nikon D5100 DSLR). Over the past few months I've been working on a collection of panorama images; landscapes that document various aspects of Thailand and its relationship to Buddhism and other religions. Like most projects I start, one is unsure of their direction. They each have a genesis, but evolve in different ways. They contain different proportions of each other, and in some instances combine and evolve as one.

The Gaia (Mother Earth) series is one such example, where two of my projects have merged, to take on their own creative path through the genre of digital surrealism. Dusting off the past and combining it with new work was the basis for this projects evolution. With hindsight it seems natural to take stock and previous imagery to use as the basis for new artwork. Although, in reality, if I was to have set out to create this set from scratch, the task would have seemed an epic undertaking. Thus a reflection of the gravity of creative evolution.

It is worth noting that as a species humanity has made a tremendous impact on earth and its environment. So much so, that we are now on the brink of a paradigm shift, where we must question our lifestyle and the impact it has on the ecosystem in which we live. The "Gaia Series" is a moment of reflection; the fine balance between beauty and the environment, and the ecological collapse we're now facing.

The following set of images have been processed using High Dynamic Range & Tone Mapping (HDR) and Photoshop. HDR is a relatively new style of editing photographic images. For more information on this process please visit my post, "Creating High Dynamic Range". Furthermore, If you are interested in purchasing a signed and certified print(s) please feel free to contact me.