I wrote a week or two ago, after seeing the film Hugo, about the work of George Melies and how wildly inventive it was at the advent of modern cinema. He used built sets and illusion to create images that were like scenes torn from a dream.
The same might be said for the work of Robert and Shana Parkeharrison, contemporary photographers who create magnificent metaphorical landscapes on elaborate painted sets then photograph them. Old school. There is no computer generation here. In their best known series which is captured in a book of the same title from 2000, The Architect’s Brother, they create a monochromatic, sepia tinged world that is both filled with foreboding and trepidation as well as sheer beauty. Each image is poetic and thought provoking on some level.
I’m sure I’m not giving as much detail about this couple and their work as you may desire. I just wanted to pass along their imagery and let you do what you may with that. Besides, if I write much more, that means I have less time for exploring these photos further.
Here’s a slideshow of the images from the Parkeharrisons’ book, The Architect’s Brother.