#9589 by Mark Lovejoy
#9589 by Mark Lovejoy

#9589, 2016

Mark Lovejoy

This intensely detailed photograph looks almost alien, like an aerial view of another planet. The layered areas of color and shadow appear like geological formations, as if natural forces have exposed ancient layers of sediment. Traces of black and green ink are pulled up to the surface to meet rivers of red, covered in arctic blue peaks. The techniques used to create this image are similar to tectonic ones: the artist layers commercial inks, pushing down and pulling up pigments until it arrives at a desired palette. He then photographs the results to reveal the details — like a microscopic view of a master painter’s brush stroke.

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