Some people search for other worlds, some create their own. Sydney-based artist Catherine Nelson takes hundreds of photographs and digitally snips them together to form her own fantastical spherical worlds. Drawing from an extensive background in visual special effects while working on films like Moulin Rouge, Harry Potter and 300, Nelson uses digital techniques to paint together these 360 degree views of alternate planets.
Nelson says, “When I embraced the medium of photography, I felt that taking a picture that represented only what was within the frame of the lens wasn’t expressing my personal and inner experience of the world around me. With the eye and training of a painter and with years of experience behind me in film visual effects, I began to take my photos to another level. The ‘Future Memories’ series comprises of 20 floating worlds, meticulously composed with thousands of assembled details. Visual poetry, nature photography and digital techniques blend together to give shape to these transcendental landscapes. The result is a contemporary pictorial mythology that subtly reminds the viewer of a profound truth: that it is in the flourishing variety of the local that the fate of the world resides.”