Until The Kingdom Comes
Check out these photographs by Simen Johan. The artist usually works with animals who are in zoo's, occasionally relying on taxidermied creatures in museum dioramas to get the right shot. He then digitally places the animals into backgrounds that he has photographed previously. They appear to be so naturally coexisting in these mystical backgrounds, it's hard to imagine them being anywhere else.
From the gallery:
"There’s a vague otherworldliness to the animals and landscapes in artist Simen Johan’s “Until the Kingdom Comes” series, currently on display at the Yossi Milo Gallery in New York. In one photograph a dense fog descends on a family of giraffes, their necks all but disappearing into the clouds. In another, small monkeys feast on pomegranates, the idyllic setting backlit by hazy sunlight. Yet these vignettes are not candid nature shots; almost all of Johan’s prints are digitally constructed, seamless collages of various photographs that are then stitched together to create fantastical images of animals in unexpected environments."
If you are in New York, make sure to check out the photography exhibit by
Simen Johon at the Yossi Milo Gallery through December 7, 2013.