Artist Barry Underwood uses light painting techniques and other photographic effects to create stunning staged landscape photographs. To create each image, Underwood builds sets and places LED lights and luminescent materials in a process that can take several days. Underwood’s work will be on display at his solo show, “Scenes,” at Sous Les Etoiles Gallery in New York City, May 29th to July 12th, 2014.
I created this series of installations by researching local agricultural, industrial, and recreational land-use. Curiosity about ecological and social history of specific places drives my work. By revealing the beauty and potential of an ordinary landscape an everyday scene is transformed into a memorable, visual experience. Each photograph image is a dialogue – the result of my direct encounter with nature and history. Inspired by land art, landscape photography and painting, as well as cinema, my images are both surreal and familiar. This tension between the familiar and the surreal gives the images a strange power.
photos by Barry Underwood