With its beauty, force and vulnerability, nature is one of the most compelling themes used in visual storytelling. Here are three ways visual artists illustrate concepts associated with the natural world, and how the outdoors play a leading role in their work:
Nimai Chandra Ghosh, Getty Images photographer
Photography is Ghosh’s medium of choice to express his view of the world and is particularly drawn to moments that show the interaction between people and nature. His motto: shoot with immense joy.
While roaming through the village of Sundarban in West Bengal, the Kolkata-based photographer spotted two boys playing in algae-filled water, or what he refers to as “God’s green Earth.” Inspired by their playfulness and pure delight, he set out to capture the moment.
“To me,” Ghosh said, “this photo shows how beautiful our world is and how we can live beautifully within it.”
Bulent Gultek, iStock by Getty Images illustrator
“Everyone has a world only they know about,” Gultek said. “My desire is to share the scenes and ideas that exist within my head.”
The Istanbul-based illustrator likes to reimagine life and depict it in mystical, inventive ways. While his drawings may not be based in reality, they all carry an underlying message that reflects his opinions of the real world, like in this winter fantasy.
“The simple lines and soft colors create a calming atmosphere,” he said. “But there is still an undertone that illustrates the vulnerability of nature.”
Oleg Filipchuk, iStock by Getty Images photographer
Photographer Oleg Filipchuk strongly believes that life is what you make of it.
“We create the surroundings we live in,” the Moscow-based photographer said. “If you want to be happy, make your surroundings happy. If you want to do something, then make it happen.”
Filipchuck followed his own advice when he suddenly had the idea to photograph a man playing piano in the middle of the woods. Instead of dwelling on the obvious challenges, he found a way to make it work.
“A group of us went into the countryside, had a lovely picnic and enjoyed the music. It was one of the most wonderful days of my life,” Filipchuk said. “I tried to capture the sound as much as I could.”