Levi Wedel’s Invisible City Envisions an Eerie Cinematic World Without People

All images by Levi Wedel. Used with a Creative Commons permission.

There are more than enough films out there that use and envision a near apocalyptic future, but perhaps none really capture it like Levi Wedel’s Invisible City. Levi hails from Alberta, Canada and the Invisible City project is a number of photos taken at night on medium format film. The scenes depicted are devoid of people–and when you look through the images it’s really easy to feel as if you’re completely alone in the scene. This sense of being alone leads to an eerie uneasiness that someone or something may pop out and get you; and that something is creeping in the darkness.

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Kahren Sabater: Double Exposures On Film

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All images by Kahren Sabater. Used with permission. 

Photographer Kahren Sabater got into photography back in high school. “We had a Photojournalism assignment and I had to borrow a camera because I could not afford one during that time. I was able to buy my very first camera four years later and used it while on vacation in the Philippines. I got a chance to help a friend finish her portfolio for her finals which made me feel that I needed to do more photography.” says Kahren. “I then got into the diploma program at PrairieView School of Photography. Fast forward to now and here I am still shooting and loving every bit of it.”

Kahren finds double exposures interesting–and does lots of them using a Canon Elan 7 and film.
“It also gives me a thrill whenever I get my negs at the lab. I feel like I’m in a different world when I look at the images.” says Kahren.

Every time she shoots, she becomes even more inspired by the uniqueness of each frame.  She expresses a desire to keep shooting because of this.

Her current projects are called Double X–and they were shot in Alberta and NYC. The images are after the jump–and a big inspiration to those of us who try to do double exposures.

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Alberta Photographer Intensifies Landscape Images by Adding the Human Element

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All photographs by and used with expressed permission from Paul Zizka.

Award-winning photographer and cinematographer Paul Zizka of Banff, Alberta has a knack for turning landscape scenes into epic paintings of light. His creations, specifically the nighttime ones, are full of dynamism and color. He expertly captures the blues, greens, yellows, and even purples of light, both natural and manmade; and the gloriousness of the landscapes themselves, dressed in crawling fog, sweeping clouds, star trails, or the occasional lone boulder, making his images possibly even more inviting than the actually scenes.

Other times, Zizka, who just released his first book, Summits and Starlight, would intensify his impressive shots simply by adding a human aspect to them, strategically putting in a silhouette of a person (most of the time, Zizka himself) in the foreground with a headlight on his head, either perched atop a rock or standing waist-deep in a lake, looking at the scene before him as if in awe. And the cyber world, albeit unwittingly presenting them as elaborate or redefined “selfies”, has zeroed in on those images particularly. And for good reason. But it wasn’t at all premeditated, mind you. As he explains,

“I did not set out with the intention to create a cohesive set of images. I just find that sometimes including a person in a night scene adds to the photograph. Sometimes the images are visualized before heading out – I know what I want to do and it is a matter of waiting for the proper conditions to make the photograph happen. Most though are thought of upon arrival, when I am able to see what the night sky will give me to work with at a given location. I decided then if the image might benefit from the inclusion of a human element. Sometimes the person (me since I’m nearly always alone) ends up in the image to convey a sense of vulnerability, or a sense of belonging, or to make the image more relatable. Sometimes I only end up in the shot to solve compositional issues.”

Whatever his original intention was, there’s no denying that it’s a genius move. Somehow, the silhouettes not only provide an element of polarity, a contrast between man and nature, but also a feeling of triumph in the photos, as if the anonymous person in the foreground has just conquered nature and now he’s reaping his rewards.

See Zizka’s awesome collection after the jump.

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