Thursday, July 28, 2011

Jan Von Holleben: Adventure Is Out There!


As cute and cuddly babies become rambunctious little kids, their little minds look out on the world and scream. "Adventure is out there!" Even without the luxuries of video games, kids can find adventure out there, even if it's just out there in your neighbor's backyard or on the streets. It might be a little hard for adults to picture the fantasies that their children play out, but photographer Jan von Holleben makes it easy with his creative captures.




Jan von Holleben has worked in different capacities in the world of commercial photography, but it is his own simple yet ingenious recreations of his childhood, both past and present, that has captivated the world.

In his series Dreams of Flying and Journey to Everywhere, von Holleben takes scenes out of the most exciting children's stories and makes them a reality with the simplest of tools. The underlying themes in both projects are repeated in his other works as well.




In Dreams of Flying, the grey pavement or plain sand become the magical canvas for his young subjects, usually the children of his own neighbors. By simply tilting the camera downward, von Holleben is able to make kids swim through oceans, fly through the sky or float through space.

With only the simplest of props and costumes, these action scenes come alive, animated by the kids' enthusiasm.



In Journey to Everywhere, the same thought is repeated, only the props become fantastically magnified through the magic of forced perspective. Here, the young actors play their part against the backdrop of a blue sky.

The only difference here is that the foreground props are enlarged, giving the impression that the subjects are immersed in the land of the giants. Suddenly, small heads of wheat become looming trees and teddy bears become colossal (but still cuddly) beasts.



These are the kind of images that anyone with a childhood can relate to, and indeed this is what von Holleben set out to accomplish. His efforts however go above and beyond what anyone else could care to realize, and to think that something that started out as pure documentary work turned into something much more memorable.

There are more adventures out there if you care to check out Jan von Holleben's website. You'll find more pictures of both Dreams of Flying and Journey to Everywhere there. A behind-the-scenes-video is also on the site which shows you how much effort goes into creating a relatively simple looking shot. You can also purchase a copy of his book, Dreams of Flying, and a calendar of Journey to Everywhere there.

26 comments:

Diego Sousa said...

great pic really creative :)

T Papar said...

beautiful and inspirational shots!

D4 said...

Reminding us of the good times.. Man do I miss them.

The Angry Lurker said...

They're quite well done especially King Kong.

Shutterbug said...

I love these photos. They are playful and whimsical! :D

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Pieter said...

Wow, those are some great pics :). Very creative to use a floor as a background.

couragewolf2 said...

hahahaha great *_*

Astronomy Pirate said...

Crazy pictures, but enjoyable. Angle and perspective are everything.

Nik Mekeena said...

thats a sick picture

Tony Storm said...

creative! i love this kind of art

Admin said...

Really interesintg post thanks for all the pictures.

Admin said...

Really great post, man.

Major.Mack said...

nice work, i like

Aaron M. Gipson said...

I think I just got some ideas for some gag photos with my sons! I love the simplicity of this style quite a bit.

Necroticism said...

Kinda remind me of The Little Prince :)

tracirz said...

These are so cute! I <3 pictures like these! Somewhere on the internet there is a mom who took pictures of her baby during naptime every day, positioning her in little scenes. So cute.

Great photography blog, man. :D

Jaccstev said...

Jan von Holleben really has produced some of the very good and creative photos!

Bart said...

thats a cute pic, damn pirates.

67dude said...

Great picture !

+ 1 follower !

Phil S. said...

Well now I am pining for my younger years. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, VON HOLLEBEN. Your works stirred some emotion in me. I hope he is happy.
Damnit Jay, I hope you are happy too, posting these things that make people feel things. :D

Generally Disgruntled said...

Lol. King Kong

PoliticallyInsane said...

Woah, I dig it...!

MRanthrope said...

great post but kind of makes me sad at how old and unimaginative I've become!

Electric Addict said...

it really is all about the perspective. super good photos and no Photoshop required :)

T. Roger Thomas said...

These are awesome!

Except for that one of the kid with the dead dog.

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