Taking Landscape Art to a New Level

Keeping the seasons in mind is virtually a natural human instinct.

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Photo: Levi van Veluw

Spring on the Mind

Your moods, lifestyle and habits change almost without a conscious thought with them. Artist Levi van Veluw has taken the idea to heart, or should I say head, in an amazing multimedia presentation…

Summer on the Mind

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Photo: Levi van Veluw

Levi’s showcase “Landscapes” series reinterprets the traditional landscape painting format, removing nature from its two-dimensional painted norm and transposing it to the three-dimensional aspects of his own head. While the video only presents the spring aspect, the artist’s photos cover all four seasons.

Fall on the Mind

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Photo: Levi van Veluw

Winter on the Mind

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Photo: Levi van Veluw

I wonder if all that nature went to his head?

[Published for Environmental Graffiti]

Looking Into the Eye of the Beast

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, what do these caged beasts see?
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Photo: Oscar Ciutat

Mind grabbing photos from Oscar Ciutat, a photographer in Barcelona, Spain, seem to provoke this thought deeply. These images are part of a series called “Caged”, entirely comprised of captive animals from the Barcelona Zoo. What can be seen looking back in the eye that beholds you, something tangible or nothing at all, is for you to decide. beholder

Photo: Oscar Ciutat

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Photo: Oscar Ciutat

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Photo: Oscar Ciutat

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Photo: Oscar Ciutat

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Photo: Oscar Ciutat

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Photo: Oscar Ciutat

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Photo: Oscar Ciutat

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Photo: Oscar Ciutat

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Photo: Oscar Ciutat

Of his works Oscar says: “It is said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. I took a series of trips to the local zoo to photograph the eyes of animals held in captivity. I was intrigued by whether the lack of freedom would be apparent in the images.”

What answers he found, we may never know for certain. Yet those who see his works will reach some conclusion themselves rather easily.
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Photo: Oscar Ciutat

While zoos are amazing and the animals a glory to behold, it does make one wonder at times, what would an entire life in a cage be like surrounded by loud, hairless apes? I’m not sure if it would be more Planet of the Apes or a bad prison movie. I do know I’m happy I don’t have to find out for myself.

With special thanks to Oscar Ciutat for letting us use his images for this post.

[Published for Environmental Graffiti]