Monday, February 6, 2012
The Nature of What We See
A quick glance and you might think these are macro photographs, but these beauties are actually oil paintings of minerals and semi-precious gems by Canadian artist Carly Waito. I love that each image looks familiar yet also like gazing at an alien planet. I often think objects in nature take on a strange and almost supernatural character when viewed up close. Waito accurately captures the unique properties of each specimen, but unlike a scientific rendering, she emphasizes color variations and highlights and shadows and also exaggerates depth of field, all of which allow us to better see the mystery of these beautiful objects.