Even now, nearly two hundred years after its invention, we’re still finding new ways to re invent photography. Perhaps keeping in line with and responding to a recent trend in painting where artists create photorealistic works, certain photographers have been experimenting with their craft to make their pictures look more like paintings to varying degrees of success. Recently a collection of these surfaced on MyModernMet so we here at resource decided to take a closer look at these amazing pictures and pretentiously judge them on how well they achieved their goal. Keeping that in mind, we have to say that we greatly respect the work of all of these photographers, but with that being said we’re going to go ahead and scrutinize them anyways.

The Photographer: Oscar Ruiz 

Oscar-Ruiz, Photographs,Paintings, Art

© Oscar Ruiz

The Verdict: Oscar took this photo when working as a helicopter pilot (how cool is that?!) and went on to win National Geographic’s Photo of the Day. To be perfectly honest, the people over at NatGeo got this one totally right. Oscar said that “”The exceptional afternoon sun reflecting those thousands of recently painted small homes just looked so beautiful, and the lower I flew the better the angle,” and we have to agree with his analysis. Whatever the conditions were surrounding this picture, it’s pretty amazing how he got this photo to look like a clay model town, especially with those cars in the street.

The Photographer: Michael Brandt 

Michael-Brandt, Photography, Landscapes, Art, Paintings

© Michael Brandt

The Verdict: Not that we would know anything about what this would feel like, but this photo is almost hallucinatory. It doesn’t look so much like a painting in the foreground, but that distinction really breaks down as the eye moves further into the background. We love the bright greens and the rolling clouds present on the horizon.

The Photographer: Jianan Yu


Jianan-Yu, Photography, Paintings, Art, China, Lakes

© Jianan Yu

The Verdict: This is probably our favorite of the whole bunch, not just because it looks so great, but also because it has a social context as well. The lake pictured here is located in the Anhui province of Taiwan. It is so heavily polluted that all the algae collects and floats to the top, giving the image that textured, cracked paint look. China is currently putting a 7.2 million dollar plan into the works to restore the lake. Here’s hoping that small boat doesn’t tip over!

The Photographer: David Orias

David-Orias, Waves, Photographs, Paintings, California

© David Orias

The Verdict: David is from California, and this picture is consist with many of the surf inspired paintings that come out of the region. We love the colors and the concept, but the golden sun reflection on the wave just looks like some cheese loaded effect. Where the picture really shines is when you take a closer look at the crest of the wave, right where it is about to break.

The Photographer: Barbara Cole 

Barbara-Cole, Paintings, Photographs, Art

© Barbara Cole

The Verdict: This is an amazing photograph, considering Barbara Cole is a self taught photographer who has worked primarily with polaroid film. All things considered, the fact that she got this picture to look like an 18th centurty painting utilizing this archaic and disposable film is a pretty amazing feat. The perspective almost collapses near the corner wall, and the fine art tendencies really come through in the composition here.

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