The stoves in these deserted houses are now cold, but their rooms have attracted new inhabitants from the nearby woods.
An ambiguous atmosphere reigns in the houses. The melancholic spirits of the last residents linger in the structures and abandoned household items even though the living quarters have been taken over by new noises: a rustle in the corner, quiet footsteps under the floorboards. Squeaks, shadows and rapid movement. Mice, squirrels, foxes and badgers as well as numerous species of birds live in nooks and crannies. Nature is reclaiming what it only gave away for a loan.
By recording some of the last visitors to these houses falling into decay, Heikki Willamo and Kai Fagerström have managed to create a magical and fabulous pictorial world.
German artist Gesine Marwedel uses the human body as a canvas for her beautiful body paintings. She is taking body painting to a new level by using the natural shapes of the human form and her art is so detailed that you forget you’re looking at a human body.
Marina Cano is a landscape and wildlife photographer. She has devoted three years of her life to a wild life project, which resulted in the book Cabárceno, named after the largest natural park nature reserve in Europe. Cano made amazing shots of animals in their natural habitat.
Josh Keyes‘s style is reminiscent of the diagrammatic vocabulary found in scientific textbook illustrations that often express through a detached and clinical viewpoint an empirical representation of the natural world. Keyes’ work is a hybrid of eco-surrealism and dystopian folktales that express a concern for our time and the Earth’s future.
He was born in Tacoma, Washington. He received a BFA in 1992 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in 1998 from Yale University. Keyes currently lives and works in Portland Oregon.
Wildlife crossings are structures that allow animals to cross human-made barriers safely. They may include: underpass tunnels, viaducts, and overpasses (mainly for large or herd-type animals), fish ladders and green roofs (for butterflies and birds). Wildlife crossings are a practice in habitat conservation, allowing connections or re-connections between habitats, combating habitat fragmentation. They also assist in avoiding collisions between vehicles and animals, which in addition to killing or injuring wildlife may cause injury to humans and property damage.
Wildlife Overpass, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. (Image source)
Photographer and filmmaker Gregory Colbert has traveled to a number of different places such as Burma, India, Kenya, and Namibia to film and photograph the interaction between humans and animals. ‘Ashes and Snow‘ is an ongoing project that weaves together photographic works, 35mm films, art installations and a novel in letters.