IMAGES OF UNUSUAL NATURAL STRUCTURES EVOKE SURREALIST SENSIBILITIES AND TEASE THE EYE
by Edward M. Gómez
Who needs the wildest imaginings of science fiction when Mother Nature — not to mention her sidekick and derivative, human nature — serve up so much that seems bizarre or unbelievable so plentifully, everywhere, so much of the time?
Joel Simpson, a New Jersey-based photographer and keen observer of nature’s more unusual expressions, is just about to issue the third edition of Playgrounds for the Mind: The Surreal in the Real (JSS Books), a collection in book form of his remarkable, can-you-believe-that images, whose impact is as strong as their subject matter is unique.
Together they offer a testament to the enthusiasm — and respect — Simpson obviously has for the oddly shaped, richly textured, natural rock formations and other geological or weather-related phenomena whose looks and alluring auras he has captured with his camera.
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