Tasmania based photographer Rosie Hastie loves to combine creativity and collaboration in her quest to find innovative solutions in her work. With a wide technical skillset, coupled with a unique way of using an camera, Hastie creates magical landscapes – or paperscapes – that fool the eye with an illusion of realism. The eerily mystical landscapes are not what they seem.
The Tasmanian artist Rosie Hastie knows how thoughtfully placed lighting and crumpled paper can produce beautiful landscapes, that effortlessly glides between the real and the unreal
Hastie’s The Elsewhere series is a collection of seascape photographs, where satin-like waters swoosh over rocky beaches and cliffs, in a misty morning glow of daybreak. The photographs are stunning, capturing the harsh contrast of the soft and serene elements of nature with the rough and rugged landscape. But it’s all an illusion. A product of Hastie’s imaginary and making.
Instead of viewing a beautiful picture of a remote location somewhere on earth, you’re looking at perfectly composed and hand-created paperscape that the artist has constructed using tissue, bicarbonate soda, and dry ice – and clever use of lighting and camera.
My mind is always in desire of purity and absoluteness, something that cannot and does not exist”, Rosie Hastie explains.
The Elsewhere series challenges our sense of reality and imagination. “My mind is always in desire of purity and absoluteness, something that cannot and does not exist”, she explains. “Truth and deception lie at the heart of my work. The works explore photography’s ability to transport the viewer to new places through the experience of colour, light, texture, and space with the use of merely paper and the backyard science of bicarb soda and dry ice”.
If you’re as mesmerized with Hastie’s paperscapes as we are, follow the artist on Instagram where you can enjoy more of the stunningly eerie, dream-like places.