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This Artist Places His Human Subjects In Photos To Create Breathtaking Landscapes

Part illusion, part art. No Camera Tricks.

2005 • From the Shelton Hotel Looking East

They say that artists depict a little bit of their life in their creations. But this photographer takes it a step further by artistically placing his subjects, and sometimes himself, in his photos to create breathtaking landscapes.

http://www.arno-rafael-minkkinen.com/photographs.html

We are talking about none other than Arno Rafael Minkkinen. A Finnish-­American photographer, educator, curator, and writer with over 100 solo shows and nearly 200 group exhibitions in galleries and museums worldwide.

Minkkinen doesn’t create artificial illusions or pull any camera tricks to cheat the brain. He perfectly places his human subjects (sometimes himself) in photos to create breathtaking landscapes. He portrays his subjects as though they are part of the landscape and a crucial component of the photo.

Let’s take a look at some of his amazing creations:

1) Le Bouquet d’Arbres • Malmö Castle Prison, Malmö, Sweden

2007 • Le Bouquet d'Arbres • Malmö Castle Prison, Malmö, Sweden
2007 • Le Bouquet d’Arbres • Malmö Castle Prison, Malmö, Sweden

2) Narragansett, Rhode Island

Narragansett, Rhode Island, 1973
Narragansett, Rhode Island, 1973

3) From the Shelton Hotel Looking East

2005 • From the Shelton Hotel Looking East
2005 • From the Shelton Hotel Looking East

4) 10.10.10. • Fosters Pond

10.10.10. • Fosters Pond
10.10.10. • Fosters Pond

5) Maroon Bells Sunrise • Aspen, Colorado

2012 • Maroon Bells Sunrise • Aspen, Colorado
2012 • Maroon Bells Sunrise • Aspen, Colorado

6) Stranda, Norway

2006 • Stranda, Norway
2006 • Stranda, Norway

7) Oulujarvi Afternoon • Finland

2009 • Oulujarvi Afternoon • Finland
2009 • Oulujarvi Afternoon • Finland

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