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Paper people in the sky

Posted by Kevin Hartnett  June 24, 2013 11:08 AM

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A lot of digital art photography today uses ever-improving camera technology to create, say, macro shots of water droplets or high-speed photographs of waves. The images are often beautiful but they are also hard to fully appreciate as art because it's hard to tell where the technological influence ends and a real image of the world begins. In that light, Japanese photographer Kouichi Chiba's work is particularly refreshing. Chiba makes simple paper cutouts of figures and positions them in an assortment of light, adventurous poses: dangling from a branch, leaping from a flower petal, poised atop an open book. Her photographs bear the tenderness of paper art and the sweep of landscape photography. Even more delightfully, her stoic paper people appear wholly absorbed in their worlds, completely unaware of the self-consciously artistic process that has produced them.

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Via Geyser of Awesome.

Images courtesy of Kouichi Chiba.

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