Gorgeous Miniature Worlds Created from Hundreds of Photos

Sydney-based Catherine Nelson trained as a painter before branching out into photography and effects — she worked on the visual special effects for films like Moulin Rouge, Harry Potter, and 300 — and it shows. Nelson, whose work we spotted over at Colossal, stitches hundreds of images together to form these breathtaking miniature worlds, each blooming with its own specific kind of life. As Nelson explains, “Visual poetry, nature photography and digital techniques blend together to give shape to these transcendental landscapes. The result is a contemporary pictorial mythology that subtly reminds the viewer of a profound truth: that it is in the flourishing variety of the local that the fate of the world resides.” Click through to see some of our favorites of Nelson’s worlds, and then head on over to her website to see much more of her work.

Image credit: Catherine Nelson