ALIEN LANDSCAPES

The terrain of our neighboring planets serves as a hypothetical landscape for what Earth used to be, could have been, or might become. Alien Landscapes is a photographic series of fabricated planetary environments which create prophetic possibilities of other extraterrestrial realities. Based on data gathered from rovers, satellites, telescopes, and scientists, Cassandra recreates these landscapes through constructed photography. She uses organic materials and in-camera effects to fabricate miniature designs of planet terrains in our solar system. Viewers are presented with fictional possibilities, based on actual scientific data, of places we know exist but have not yet seen.
Liquid Icy Center
Liquid Icy Center

Uranus Series 2014 Condensed Milk, Paint, Dye & Water 11 X 14 Archival Pigment Print

press to zoom
The Color of Methane
The Color of Methane

Uranus Series 2014 Condensed Milk, Paint, Dye & Water 11 X 14 Archival Pigment Print

press to zoom
Liquid Icy Center
Liquid Icy Center

Uranus Series 2014 Condensed Milk, Paint, Dye & Water 11 X 14 Archival Pigment Print

press to zoom
1/2

Uranus 2014

 

A water tank filled with condensed milk, paint and dye was used to simulate Uranus atmosphere. Currents were created to show the different tempermental weather conditions that exists on Uranus.

The Floater
The Floater

Saturn Series 2014 Condensed Milk, Paint, Dye & Water 11 X 14 Archival Pigment Print

press to zoom
Ammonia Clouds
Ammonia Clouds

Saturn Series 2014 Condensed Milk, Paint, Dye & Water 11 X 14 Archival Pigment Print

press to zoom
Southern Smog
Southern Smog

Saturn Series 2014 Condensed Milk, Paint, Dye & Water 11 X 14 Archival Pigment Print

press to zoom
The Floater
The Floater

Saturn Series 2014 Condensed Milk, Paint, Dye & Water 11 X 14 Archival Pigment Print

press to zoom
1/3

Saturn 2014

 

Saturn's atmosphere was created with condensed milk, paint and dye in a water tank.

Silicate Craters
Silicate Craters

Mercury Series 2014 Ash 11 X 14 Archival Pigment Print

press to zoom
Skin
Skin

Mercury Series 2014 Ash 11 X 14 Archival Pigment Print

press to zoom
Lazy and Abused
Lazy and Abused

Mercury Series 2014 Ash 11 X 14 Archival Pigment Print

press to zoom
Silicate Craters
Silicate Craters

Mercury Series 2014 Ash 11 X 14 Archival Pigment Print

press to zoom
1/3

Mercury 2014

 

The surface of Mercury was created with ash from a fireplace and water droplets dropped to create the impact of craters that often hit Mercury's landscape due to its lack of atmosphere. The stars were grided out on poster board by using a star map, holes were poked through and strobes were used to create the light bloom of the stars.

The Hot Sister
The Hot Sister

Venus Series 2013 Paprika, Clay, Rock & Incense 16 x 30 Archival Pigment Print

press to zoom
Dull and Dry
Dull and Dry

Venus Series 2013 Paprika, Clay, Rock & Incense 11 x 14 Archival Pigment Print

press to zoom
Venusian Haze
Venusian Haze

Venus Series 2013 Paprika, Clay, Rock & Incense 11 x 14 Archival Pigment Print

press to zoom
The Hot Sister
The Hot Sister

Venus Series 2013 Paprika, Clay, Rock & Incense 16 x 30 Archival Pigment Print

press to zoom
1/3

Venus 2013

 

​The Venus landscape was constructed with clay and rocks that were covered in 2 and 1/2 pounds of paprika. Half of the landscape was inside a tank and the other half was behind it. Incense was burned inside the covered tank to create an atmosphere representing clouds of carbon dioxide that creates a greenhouse effect.

Cloud of Methane Gas
Cloud of Methane Gas

Neptune Series 2013 Condensed Milk, Fresh Water & Salt Water 11 x 14 & 16 x 24 Archival Pigment Print

press to zoom
Hurricane
Hurricane

Neptune Series 2013 Condensed Milk, Fresh Water & Salt Water 11 x 14 Archival Pigment Print

press to zoom
Cloud of Methane Gas
Cloud of Methane Gas

Neptune Series 2013 Condensed Milk, Fresh Water & Salt Water 11 x 14 & 16 x 24 Archival Pigment Print

press to zoom
1/2

Neptune 2013

 

​This series was made using a traditional VFX known as the Cloud Tank method. This involved having two layers of water density, bottom layer salt water made from rock salt and the top layer fresh water. Condensed milk in a baby snotsucker was squirted at the density line to create the cloud and bubbles.

 

Special thanks to Jared Wright  for assisting in production.

Geysers of Light
Geysers of Light

Jupiter Series 2013 Condensed Milk, Paint, Dye & Water 11 x 14 Archival Pigment Print

press to zoom
Inverse Aurora Borealis
Inverse Aurora Borealis

Jupiter Series 2013 Condensed Milk, Paint, Dye & Water 11 x 14 Archival Pigment Print

press to zoom
Liquid Metallic Hydrogen
Liquid Metallic Hydrogen

Jupiter Series 2013 Condensed Milk, Paint, Dye & Water 11 x 14 Archival Pigment Print

press to zoom
Geysers of Light
Geysers of Light

Jupiter Series 2013 Condensed Milk, Paint, Dye & Water 11 x 14 Archival Pigment Print

press to zoom
1/4

Jupiter 2013

 

​After conducting extensive research on Jupiter, I consulted with a Chemist to get an accurate visual description of the chemical properties that make up Jupiter. I also studied and experimented with traditional movie VFX techniques to get the visual effect I was looking for. In the end, I used organic materials of condensed milk, paint, water, and LED lights to create these Jupiter landscape photo series.

 

Special thanks to Dr. Beverly Clement as Chemistry consultant.

Mars
Mars

Mars Series 2012 Brazos River Dirt 11 x 14 Archival Pigment Print

press to zoom
Mars Panorama
Mars Panorama

Mars Series 2012 Brazos River Dirt 10 x 32 Archival Pigment Print

press to zoom
Mars
Mars

Mars Series 2012 Brazos River Dirt 11 x 14 Archival Pigment Print

press to zoom
1/2

Mars 2012

​​
Since Mars is one of the only planets besides Earth to have an extensive amount of photos on the surface, I recreated the photos by using organic materials to create the planetary landscapes of Mars.