Series of aerial photographs exploring the otherwordly and unseen scenes created by mud volcanoes eruptions on distant, hard-to-reach places in Gobustan area, Azerbaijan, which have never been captured so far.
Some sources say that 300 of the 700 mud volcanoes on Earth are in the coastal area of Azerbaijan. Mud volcanoes are closely associated with underground petrochemical reserves and the gas trying to escape to the surface. Every 20 years or so, the gas ignites deep below the surface, creating an explosion, although this is generally not dangerous to humans. They usually erupt quietly, spitting water mixed with salts or acid.
Temperatures in a mud volcano are much cooler than those in a regular volcano. Mud volcanoes also tend to be smaller in size, with the biggest around 10 kilometers in diameter and 700 meters high.
One interesting fact is that NASA geologists studying Mars have concluded that the planet’s uplands are similar in structure to the mud volcanoes of Azerbaijan.
The art pieces are actually composite pictures made up of multiple aerial photos. The largest items contain as many as 100 megapixels. The unbelievably high resolution makes it possible to blow them up to human scale (1.5 meters or nearly 5 feet), so they may take their rightful place alongside paintings on gallery walls.
Also, the human scale affords exactly the right proportions to appreciate these spectacles truly – whether delving into the hidden details up close, or savoring the natural cavalcade of colors that dominate the showroom from afar.
...and few non-aerials:
Series is part of the project Water.Shapes.Earth which spread stories about the beauty shaping power of water, about how water influences our lives, about our destructive tendencies and on the end as a consequence, about drught leading to the oterworldly landscapes.
Aerials are available in limited editions of three and six
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