• 02.09.12

Photog Makes Forest Look Like An Alien Dreamscape

Daniil Korzhonov’s haunting photographs of barren Crimean landscapes will make you wonder if the apocalypse hasn’t already arrived.

Is it a nuclear holocaust? The after effects of a massive asteroid striking earth? Nah. Just Eastern Europe in the winter.


The photos are the work of Russia-based Daniil Korzhonov, who likes to tramp around the snow-flecked mountains and barren forests of the Ukrainian republic of Crimea, his Nikon D80 in hand. The soft-focus effect here, which makes some of the pictures look fake (like they were swiped from the set of yet another overproduced End Times blockbuster) is largely natural, Korzhonov tells us–just a product of bizarre weather.

“Mainly, my photos are taken in deep fog in the morning,” he writes in an email. “Crimea is a small peninsula at the Black Sea. So clouds cover the mountains in the morning. And my mission is to harvest the rare moments of sun coming through the cold winter clouds.” He does use some Photoshop (“a little bit of toning and color correction”), he says, but nothing unusual: “The heart [of the photographs] is the light in the scene.”

[Images courtesy of Daniil Korzhonov; h/t to Designboom]

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.