Mother Nature has always attracted great creators and visionaries with its extreme beauty and overwhelming mysteriousness, who reflected its fascinating landscapes in their works.
The intriguing photo series titled ‘A Moment’s Reflection’ by American photographer Cody William Smith, who specializes in landscape, fine art and environmental portraiture, shows the majestic glory of nature in an interesting and unusual way: though mirrors, what makes these images stand out from other similar ones.
The brilliant collection of landscape photographs features a large, round mirror placed conspicuously into the dirt, the sand, or the sea in various settings. Standing upright and partially buried, the mirror interrupts the typical landscape with a reflection of another space located nearby.
The combination of several landscapes in the same scene creates a surreal optical effect and the resulting photos are unexpectedly harmonious, with some containing contrasting scenes of dark and light surroundings and others blending in to form near-seamless images.
On his website, the Los Angeles-based photographer says: “Reflections are the primary physical means through which we perceive the world around us. You and I are able to see only as a result of the diffuse reflections produced by whatever person, place or object we observe.
“Light energy, from any source, is partly absorbed and reflected by whatever it strikes. Photography is an art form dependent upon the manipulation and capture of reflected and refracted light through the use of lenses, filters, prisms, and sensors.”
Describing his work, Smith explains: “‘A Moment’s Reflection’ is my ongoing study of specular, or mirror-like, reflections. My intention is to draw new connections between familiar forms by introducing specular reflections to environments where none would typically exist. The mirrors serve as a focal point within a given scene and also function as a window to provide an entirely unique perspective on the same location.”