We usually save the less designy, more artisticy stuff for the Friday Smackdown, but these images are just too good to pass up. Mars: Adrift on the Hourglass Sea is a surreal vision of life(?) on Mars as photograpghed and digitally enhanced by Kahn & Selesnick. The aspect we find fascinating is not only the imagery, but also the process that is behind it.

the Hourglass Sea

The project has been around since 2010, an installation debuted at the Boston art gallery of Carol and Sons from September thru October 2010. Since the mid-1990’s Richard Selesnick and Nicholas Kahn have taken an approach to capturing scenes outside your typical paint or photographic medium.

Tiring of working on painting locked up in a studio, they searched for a technique to better bring the narratives to life and returned to staged photography. Experimenting on Selworthy Beacon in Somerset, England they found that shooting a 360 degree panorama could more faithfully create a truer, more cinematic sense of the place, while their manipulation of costume, props and period color would help them alter the sense of time. – kahnselesnick.com

Here, they apply that process to picturesque landscapes of actual photos captured by the Rover Mars mission landers ‘spirit’ and ‘opportunity’ along with supplemental imagery taken from the deserts of Nevada and Utah.

Thanks Kenneth!

Images: Kahn & Selesnick, Tumblr, Mars: Adrift on the Hourglass Sea
Via: DesignBoom


Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.