We just can’t get enough of these lo-fi special effects… The New York-based photographer Brendan Austin uses paint, crinkly paper, and deft craftsmanship to build miniature crags and rugged cliffs. He then photographs his creations—to alarming realistic effects. The resulting series, titled “Paper Mountains,” succeeds on so many levels. Austin shows us the intricacy that lies within the sort of things we see, make, and discard on a daily basis; he reminds us of the tremendous aesthetic potential of basic art-making tools (i.e. paper, paint, cameras); and he proves that you don’t necessarily need Photoshop (or a helicopter, for that matter) to compose a good shot.
Photos: © 2010 Brendan Austin – www.BrendanAustin.com