Cool 3D Installations Than Invite Viewer to Step Inside a Photo

A great photo can immerse viewer into the sensations and feelings of the photo’s scene, but how about literally stepping inside a photo? Artist Chris Engman transports natural landscapes such as waterfalls, caves, and vast deserts to domestic interiors by securing large-scale photographs to the room’s walls, ceilings, and floors. To create such installation, hundreds of individual photos are actually used. Once one enters the work its believability as a singular landscape becomes penetrated. Each step deeper inside the work makes the photographed landscape appear increasingly warped and unreal.

“Even so,” says Engman, “compared to a singular framed photograph the experience of this installation for the viewer is much more physical and immersive. The structure is a room, not an image of a room. The photograph is an object, in addition to being an illusion. It has weight, and volume, and changes as you walk around it. Making this installation has been a thrilling process, and this new way of working seems to afford many new possibilities.”

Cool 3D Installations Than Invite Viewer to Step Inside a Photo
“Containment” (detail) (2018), photo by Tony Walsh

Cool 3D Installations Than Invite Viewer to Step Inside a Photo
“Containment” (detail) (2018), photo by Tony Walsh

Cool 3D Installations Than Invite Viewer to Step Inside a Photo
“Containment” (2015), Digital pigment print, 43 x 58 inches, courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

Cool 3D Installations Than Invite Viewer to Step Inside a Photo
“Landscape for Quentin” (2017), Digital pigment print, 43 x 55½ inches, courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

Cool 3D Installations Than Invite Viewer to Step Inside a Photo
“Refuge” (2016), Digital pigment print, 43 x 53 inches, courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

Cool 3D Installations Than Invite Viewer to Step Inside a Photo
“Equivalence” (2017), Digital pigment print, 43 x 55½ inches, courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

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