Due to technological advances, photography is not the only and unconditional documentation tool it was before, and photographer isn‘t any more a necessity to capture a scene.
Thanks to tools such as satellites, drones, street view, etc. it is not even necessary to be at a specific location to capture it. As a consequence, every landscape photograph can be considered just a senseless digital record made by someone.
This week we feature an awesome landscape photographer who tried to re-invent his discipline: Simas Lin and his series "Been There"
See Landscapes Differently
After considering that his art was turned upside down by technological improvements, Simas Lin, a Lithuanian photographer, realized that despite being a visual mark, artificial lighting in landscape photography has became a sensual link between the viewer and photographer.
"I wanted to visit the spookiest places in my city and convey the atmosphere of explorations through a totally different approach", Simas says.
So he decided to start "Been There", a nighttime landscape series that he describes as “four months of sleepless nights and a lot of exploring.” Simas explores the industrial periphery of Vilnius by night.
This series of photos depict the intersection of time and space, which is very intriguing yet so scary for a random person to explore. The red light, creating the surreal, cinematographic plot, is used to highlight the senses that are triggered by those places.
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"Vibrant light becomes a visual expression of the mental state that I was accompanied by while wandering around totally alone", Simas says.
Light pollution, seeping into these quiet industrial vistas from the nearby city, adds a strange brightness to the sky with those colors.
His portrait of Lithuania’s capital is definitely eerie, and also disorienting. Vilnius, a medieval-era city, is known for its famous baroque architecture. But these photos, with their illuminated drainage ditches and towering streetlights, could just as easily have been shot in middle America as in the Baltic.
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