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Landscapes from Other Worlds: Photographyby Richard R. Ashby

A photo of blue sky streaked with cloudsUntitled

Richard R. Ashby is a photographer who takes a creative approach to his medium, pushing the envelope of photographic composition with abstracted works and shots of flowers and minerals that are close-up so as to suggest landscapes from other worlds

A close-up photo of an agate geodegeode -- agate


I find the artist’s series of Rock and Mineral Abstracts especially fascinating -- in these works, Richard photographs slices of rocks and minerals so that the texture of the formation takes up the entire photographic plane, leaving no room for exterior context and forcing the viewer to see the stone as the entirety of the work. This produces a landscape-like effect, one that suggests exoplanetary atmospheres, or abstractions reminiscent of the work of Luis Pagan


The front page of Richard Ashby's art portfolio


In other photographs, Richard takes a straightforward approach to composition but amps up the colours of his subjects so that they’re lent an otherworldly appearance and atmosphere, like in landscape photos where the emphasis is on the striking colour of the sky.

A close-up image of an orange orchidMasdevallia Pat Ankhurst

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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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