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Alien Landscapes: The Art Portfolio of Al Mefer

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Al Mefer is a photographer who uses his talent at capturing images to distort and remix familiar settings and structures, producing images of alien landscapes and architecture, giving the viewer a never-before-seen view of both man-made and natural features.

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I really enjoy the science fiction aesthetic that runs through Mefer’s entire portfolio. With series titles like Alien Architecture and Deserts of the Future the artist sets his viewer’s imagination running wild. In the former, the artist takes photographs of buildings, selecting those with slightly futuristic or alien architecture, and frames his photos in such a way that the buildings are removed from any context or detail that would allow for recognition. Each image appears to have a colour filter applied to it that suggests a different atmosphere or light from a different sun.


Deserts of the Future utilizes a similar technique, but in these photos all traces of man-made constructions are removed, and Mefer focuses instead on rock formations, occasionally adding an extra moon to bizarrely coloured skies.

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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