Multimedia artist Kim Keever’s “Landscape” series features settings of post-apocalyptic beauty. The photographs portray scenes like cloud-laced mountain ranges, giant seaside cliffs or fiery sunsets. Although the images are incredible enough on their own, the process Keever uses to create them is even more intriguing.
Of his process, Keever says “It is my intention to present the landscape as beauty itself, without reference to man and industry. The adjective ‘catastrophic’ is sometimes connected to my work because the question is asked, ‘what happened to the people?’ Though any work I’ve made could be a place here on earth, I think of these panoramas as existing millions of years ago, today, or millions of years in the future.”
Kim Keever’s studio consists of a jumble of lighting equipment, tools and props which surround a massive, 200-gallon fish tank.
These fantastical scenes are created in part with intricate, hand-built panoramas featuring elaborate natural settings. The remainder of the scene is created by placing the sets either in front of or behind the gigantic fish tank at the center of Keever’s studio. He then carefully injects paint into the water to create the clouds which hover over the mountains and trees. The final step, of course, is to photograph the setup before the paint in the water settles or moves. Keever says he uses found materials, sometimes turning to the internet for additions he feels “might add to a perception of a reality that is not quite what it seems.”
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