Found Wood Pieces Morph into Twisted Animal Portraits by Jonatan Maldonado

I was browsing Colossal again when I came across this article about Jonatan Maldonado’s photography work. I found it really creative and intriguing, especially since Maldonado’s art is primarily about how he frames the naturally-shaped pieces of wood. Looking at the photographs, I noticed that orientation and lighting are extremely important when trying to convey Maldonado’s imaginative vision to the viewer. One especially effective technique is how he almost always has the wood go out of frame, making it easier for the audience to believe that the photograph only captures part of some larger organism. We discussed this technique heavily when doing Project 1.1, and I thought it was fascinating seeing it applied to similar effect in a different artistic medium.

Some photos I particularly liked:

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