Terminal Mirage: Abstract Photography that’s not all it seems

Terminal Mirage Photography by David Maisel

Flipping through the Sunday Times magazine recently, two things caught my eye: one, I was still reading the 3rd Feb issue – why am I so slow at reading? And two, some rather outstanding photography which at first glance looked like abstract close-up images of wall tiles, but is in reality something very different indeed.

Terminal Mirage Photography 2 by David Maisel

Part of photographer David Maisel’s Terminal Mirage project, they are actually all aerial shots of the Great Salt Lake in Utah, Western United States. Exceptionally rich in sodium, magnesium, potassium, chloride and sulfate, along with algae and bacteria also living in its waters, the mineral content of each lake results in its kaleidoscope of colours. With parts of the lake used to commercially extract salts and minerals for industrial use, it is hard to determine exactly where nature’s touch ends and the toxic influence of man’s hand begins. By deliberately obscuring function and scale, the viewer is left to ponder exactly what they are looking at, who created it and why it’s even there.

To find out more, do take yourself over to David’s website for more of a gander. Bring a cuppa with you.

{Images: All copyright photographer David Maisel}


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About Joanna Thornhill

Freelance Interior Stylist, Author, Writer and Crafter working for a range of magazine titles and commercial clients. Author of Home for Now (CICO Books 2014)

One response to “Terminal Mirage: Abstract Photography that’s not all it seems”

  1. Yeshen says :

    Beautiful! I often create macro photographs that distort scale, I also did an project on melting lake ice, you can see those images here: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Alpsee-Ice/5449099

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