It’s hard to believe these extraordinary images by Chris Friel are actually photographs rather than paintings. The blurred effect, which Friel explains he achieves by using, “full frame digital cameras and manual focus tilt shift lenses exposed for 3 to 5 seconds [and] handheld with intentional camera movement,” perfectly emulates brushstrokes. And when you pair that with the lush, yet haunting colors found within Friel’s images, you have still frames that are simply mesmerizing.
Those unfamiliar with Chris Friel will be surprised to learn that he is in fact colorblind. Starting out as a painter, the British artist bought his first camera in 2006 and professes on his website that he, “has not painted since.” And why would he when he gets more awe-inspiring results without having to put in the same amount of hours?