John Muir Inspired Surreal Geometric Landscapes

This series was inspired by quotes from John Muir. His experiences in the wilderness were deeply spiritual, even transcendent and it’s evident in his writings. Muir is said to have died of a broken heart three days after congress made the decision to damn Hetch Hetchy Valley, the place John Muir loved more than anywhere else on earth. You can read more about John Muir here and about Hetch Hetchy here.

It might seem like a strange pairing, landscapes and geometry. My goal was to try to tap into that transcendentalism and spiritualism by creating surreal scenes that evoked those feelings both through imagery and color. I started with landscapes that I had photographed and paired those with vector graphics I created and then over-layed images from space (which I obviously did not take). There are lots of layers of transparency and blending to try to create richness and depth. Hope you like! Here are the final images. They are large so if you click on them give them time to load.

Wilderness Doorway

“Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.” -John Muir


“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” -John Muir


“Hidden in the glorious wildness like unmined gold.” -John Muir

Universal Portal

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” -John Muir


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About Rob Metke

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3 responses to “John Muir Inspired Surreal Geometric Landscapes”

  1. Jenny says :

    Oh man! Can these be turned into prints?! I’m in loving the concept mucho.

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