Visual effects artist Catherine Nelson spent years developing imaginary worlds for the silver screen, and her new "Future Memories" project is an amazing series of 20 miniature planets made from composited digital photos. Drawing inspiration from nature, Nelson mixes the sensibilities of a visual effects artist with the eye of a painter to create floating worlds that are rich in color and extremely engaging.
Nelson returned to her love of photography in 2008 after lending her talents to such illustrious projects as Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 300, Moulin Rouge, and Australia. Drawing upon hundreds of nature photographs, Nelson digitally stitches together each element in a process that takes months to complete. The pieces are about 100cm x 100cm and they’re filled with images of water, trees, animals and mountains.
Nelson says: “I felt that taking a picture that represented only what was within the frame of the lens wasn’t expressing my personal and inner experience of the world around me. With the eye and training of a painter and with years of experience behind me in film visual effects, I began to take my photos to another level.” Not content to passively observe the world around her, she manipulates real-life objects into fantastical planets.