18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Altered Images
Skull Tree

My recent work focuses on botanical life in nature, particularly plants and trees of the South. And I deal with them in forms of abstraction. It is a tribute to life and our environment that explores patterns, colors, and textures. It is also a fun way to combine light, reflections, and symmetry by embracing unusual perspectives. In this series, my artistic process entails using the computer to create digitally manipulated photo montages that experiment with colors, light, and form to create stunning reflections that are meticulously arranged. I examine botanical photography in a new light by pairing together the exact mirrored reflection of each of the photos. I create a brand new image that becomes grander and more interesting than traditional nature photography with visually thrilling results. The new work is a project of imagined images that are simultaneously modern, contemporary, abstract, surreal, and take on a kaleidoscope and/or Rorschach test feel. Through the influence of life, science fiction, and fantasy, I aim to enhance a viewer’s perception of our environment and our relationship with nature. I take documental photographs of nature to a new level and help the observer experience a new landscape and array of visual effects.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Camera: NIKON D5200
Copyright: © Jonathan Brooks