3 Photographers Creating Epic Beauty

Friday, October 24, 2014 Permalink 1

There’s beauty and then there’s epic beauty. Epic is defined by Merriam Webster as extending beyond the usual or ordinary especially in size or scope, and these 3 photographers create works that do just that. They have very different styles, subjects and methods, however with each artist the results are truly sublime. And often a bit eery (love that!).

 

1. Claudia Rogge

I can’t say enough about this woman, I’m in awe. Her images often explore the themes of light and dark, heaven and hell, paradise and the inferno. Much of her work is like a well choreographed dance, and it’s clear that often many shoots are required to produce just one image.
 
The featured image above is among the first in her series Lost in Paradise – Paradise Lost and below a progression from the same series. To do Claudia’s work justice, you really should view them in sequence on her website and see the full evolution along with other breathtaking works. Here are but a few:

Claudia Rogge - Lost in Paradise - III - I

Claudia Rogge – Lost in Paradise – III – I

Claudia Rogge - Lost in Paradise III - II

Claudia Rogge – Lost in Paradise III – II

Claudia Rogge - Lost in Paradise III - III

Claudia Rogge – Lost in Paradise III – III

 

2. Dean West

Dean’s subject matter often includes historical appropriations stemming from his interest in classical mythology. As with Claudia’s work, these are highly choreographed images comprised of several, if not several hundred. The variety in Dean’s work is large (the desert shots from the In Pieces series are awesome), but I’m going with a darker theme here, so check these out.

Dean West - Queen of Thebes

Dean West – Queen of Thebes

Dean West - The Cockpit

Dean West – The Cockpit

 

3. Tom Chambers

I learned about Tom Chambers through the fabulously talented Sarah Beatty at Follio Art Consulting and I loved his work so much she got me one of his pieces. Tom grew up in the Amish country of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and that clearly influences much of his work. Again, many images are used to create a single final piece. Each one is stunning and yes, there’s a bit of the macabre in these two as well.

Tom Chambers - Saccarine Perch

Tom Chambers – Saccarine Perch

Tom Chambers - Pueblo Fire

Tom Chambers – Pueblo Fire

 
Suggestions on other epic photographers to check out are always welcome!

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