3D meets 2D in the mind-blowing work of photographer Elise

Elise is a London-based creative who creates jaw-dropping, beautiful work straddling the relationship between the two and three dimensional worlds. We’d love to supply you with a surname, to make Googling easier and not have your search requests return every ‘Elise’ that has ever been on the internet, but mysteriously it is the only namesake this creative lady supplies. Enough about names, her work speaks many more volumes than a few abstract letters strung together!

Elise “works at the intersection of sculpture, installation and photography”. At the first glance, her work is utterly arresting. The thought pattern is something along the lines of, “What is this perfection? Is it CGI? Is Elise a wizard from another dimension brought here to change the creative game forever?”

The hyperreal worlds Elise creates within her works are breathtaking. Whether she’s producing work for British Vogue, Elle, Ford, Nokia, PlayStation or Volkswagen there is always an element of humour and the surreal. Glossy perfection and mouthwatering textures with a highly graphic aesthetic, Elise’s work explores what it means to take and make a photograph in our advanced age of CGI and computer manipulation.

The truth is that her constructions and photographs are totally, entirely real. Using graphics, objects, light and shadow, she creates large scale 3D installations. The materials she uses are derived from the everyday, strange useless objects found at pound shops, exaggerated shapes, and forms made from paper, polystyrene, plastic and paint all collide. Combined with clever lighting, Elise uses her trusty Hasselblad camera to then capture the sculpture and flatten it into a 2D landscape. It all sounds very simple when we state the process, but can you even imagine how much PVC, paper and shaking hands must be going down when she’s creating her pieces?

See more from Elise on her website and follow along on Twitter.

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