Astrobotanic: How Photographer Creates Photos from Another Planet

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Linda Westin – 46-year-old photographer from Stockholm, Sweden. According to Linda, she creates “astrobotanic” images – they mix images of flowers, plants and trees with a starry night sky or landscapes. This is how the photographer creates completely unrecognizable views that, as it turned out, can be seen on our beautiful planet Earth.

Linda’s path in the world of photography was cyclical – even in her youth, Westin was fond of photography and even worked professionally in this field. But other unusual interests supplanted photography from Linda’s life for a while: these were art schools, engineering physics, and then a doctorate in neuroscience. But after that Westin realized her need for nature photography. Then she discovered something new – a photograph of a night forest.

“It was so unusual for me that later I began to take my new occupation seriously. I can’t call photography my hobby, as it sounds like I’m just trying to kill time or distract myself from something. For me, this is the way to be in the world here and now. I also do work to order and sell pictures.

Linda draws inspiration for her work from art in general, as well as illustrations of books and animated films: “I love the magical atmosphere and mood that Miyazaki, Moebius (Moebius – pseudonym of Jean Gero – approx.) And Russo (author of DC Comics) create in their comics, where still images can somehow magically convey a full story.”

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