Adding Geometric Shapes To Stunning Landscapes To Blur The Line of Reality

The complex beauty of natural and manmade landscapes meet the stark simplicity of geometric shapes in this weekly project by 22-year-old freelance designer, Oliver K. Though one is 3D and the other 2D the two aspects seem to fit together seamlessly – providing a focal point within each image but also highlighting other shapes caused by the natural oscillations of the scenery.

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Challenging himself to post a new image each week, the German-born designer, captures an ethereal glow in each. Despite the disparity in the landscapes used, and his ability to conjure up new shapes each time, there are clear themes running through the collection. Undeniable beauty, symmetry and individualism tie the images together and all seem to whisper, ‘it doesn’t have to be complicated to be beautiful’.

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I love to create images with the goal to have them initiate the same emotions that I feel when I look at something that I like. I started to play around with photoshop eight years ago and it has become a central part of my life and I would never want to be without it.

Oliver chooses stock photos from a photo bank, from a variety of urban and rural settings, and then integrates each shape in such a way that the reader is forced to question: ‘is the object really there?’. The images are surreal, intriguing and proof that you don’t need to overcomplicate something to ensure it is effective.

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The Plus: What inspired you to begin this series?
Oliver K:
My inspiration for this series came from the amazing images over at unsplash.com where I regularly check in and look for images to use. The other aspect was to challenge myself to sit down every week, spontaneously pick an image and merge it with a certain shape. Apart from that I also love abstract work and have always had affection for clean shapes blending in.

TP: Why did you decide to make it a weekly upload?
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I decided to make it a weekly upload because I wanted to see how many original ideas I can come up with on a regular basis. I do not pre-select the images so everything that you see is done on the spot and very spontaneously, depending on the mood of my imagination.

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TP: What do you look for when choosing a new stock photo?
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I want to experience something when I look at a photo at that’s also what I want my viewers to experience so the basis for my work is dependent on my own reaction – if I like a picture or it triggers an emotion, then I select it.

TP: What is the creative process once you have chosen the stock images?
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I usually just start working. I let my imagination carry me and I’m always curious where it takes me. The only part of the creative process that is clear is the goal – create an image where the shape is seamlessly integrated into the landscape.

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TP: What concept are you trying to present to the audience through this series?
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Blending the abstract with something as detailed as nature itself or an urban landscape.

TP: What makes you decide the shape for each image?
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Purely imagination and my current mood but also the landscape itself. If I select a photo I probably already have a shape in mind subconsciously and then I just let it flow!

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