To hear photographer Nathan Wirth tell it, the wonder of old movies, TV shows, and comic books was that they were so obviously unrealistic. These old fantasies sparked the creative fire inside Wirth, and it’s in homage to these memories that he created the photo series Imaginations.
Imaginations is intentionally unrealistic. “Intending to emulate the rudimentary special effects of films past, I had no desire to make these visually believable,” he explains. “I want viewers to embrace these images’ flaws and open their imaginations to the simple, whimsical stories each one tells.”
Each photo inserts one of his favorite characters—be it Dr. Who, Gandalf, C-3PO, or Superman—into one of Wirth’s own long-exposure seascapes—moody, serious photographs instantly transformed into whimsical odes to crappy special effects that were so special exactly because they were so crappy.
“[The images] are, in the end, meant to be merely nothing more than a nostalgic look back at my childhood engagement with such fantasies,” explains Wirth, “and how—even though I no longer pay much attention to these worlds—that same inspiration, on some level, still inspires me to create my own stories.”
The series drips with nostalgia, childlike wonder, and a touch of whimsy. And if you can get past their stated imperfection (not everybody can…), a few of them might just make you crack a smile.
To find out more about this series and the inspiration behind it, check out Nathan’s full homage on Behance. And if you want to see more of the self-taught photographer’s work, pay his website a visit or give him a follow on 500px and Facebook.
Image credits: All images by Nathan Wirth and used under creative commons license.