German artist Walter Mason sees nature a bit differently than most people, and he has the vision to use materials made by nature in his art. Land Art is his collection of nature creations using leaves, berries, water, grass and trees to create striking works of art, which are then documented via photography. Whether he creates a collage from leaves, a spiraling trail of water beads, or makes a geometric pattern out of needles, Mason transforms nature into beautiful designs.
This organic art is only temporary – a fleeting moment of organization in a seemingly chaotic world. Mason often combines leaves into geometric designs, cuts patterns into them or leaves a trail to create a pattern. The photograph then is the only proof of his creation, which is often ruined or destroyed by a gust of wind or the next storm. Water, stones, leaves, needles and grass all play an important role in his designs, which evolve from in-the-moment inspiration.
As Mason says on his Tumblr page – “Everything I do is an experiment. If the picture I make is good or not is of little importance in comparison to what I have learned. If the experiment ‘works’ I have the feeling of arrival, of completion, I am finished with the idea. If it doesn’t work I often learn far more; it makes me think about why I failed, and often gives me dozens of new ideas.” The Berlin-based artist has a slew of great images of his work on his Flickr page if you want to see more.
Images ©Walter Mason