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Cherry Sunsets & Vanilla Skies by Eric Cahan

These may seem like computer-generated color gradients but, if you look closer, you'll see that they are actually stunning portraits of sunrises and sunsets, photographed by Eric Cahan using colored resin filters. See more windows of warmth, like the Fisheye One Cherry & Vanilla, below!

New York-based artist Eric Cahan carefully chooses the time of day to create his ethereal works of art, as you’ll notice in the titling of his pieces. "During my travels, I discover what I want to document. My works are titled to remind me of the experience, both visually and spiritually,” Cahan’s says, allowing viewers to see his unique interpretation of a specific time and place.

Cahan says he "want(s) the viewer to be drawn in, and be completely absorbed by, rather than separate from, that fleeting moment in time,” and I totally agree. I mean, how breathtaking are these images? It’s like I want to use them as my wallpaper and switch to a different one from the series every day because the warmth of the photos—especially the pink and yellow gradients—transcends the medium and makes me feel lifted just by looking at them.

Cahan studied Color Theory—the science of how colors, tones, and hues combine to create widely varied determinable results. He notes that the color temperature changes from cool to warm in the morning while colors tend to be more saturated during dusk.

“A lot of people ask me if this is all done in Photoshop. Actually, very little Photoshop is used. I will only tone photos to match the paper type and, in some cases, add a bit of color curves. The actual process is done with colored resin filters that I’ve made being placed in front of the lens."

Using as many as four different cameras (ranging from 6 × 7 film to digital), the secret to his vibrant visuals is colored resin filters, a medium he also uses for his sculptures.

“One must remember, when a colored filter is used against a blue sky, it always alters the color of the sky. You have to know the colors you are going for and then choose a filter from there. For example, if you use a yellow filter and the sky is very blue, it will turn the sky green. This works best during sunrise and sunset. It’s a bit like capturing a shadow.”

If money were no object, I would totally have a few of his pieces around my house. Summer is my favorite season and his solar pictures are the perfect pick-me-up. It just makes me want to have a glass of pink lemonade while getting a tan at the beach!

Maybe I’ll do that this weekend, Fisheye One Cherry & Vanilla in tow. Time to soak up the sun!

Visit Eric Cahan for more info.

written by denisesanjose

1 comment

  1. nonspecificscientific


    Great article! I wonder how us lomographers can replicate his technique with our own results entirely in analogue. I was thinking maybe using layers of color gels taped to the lens... that or some sharpie'd cellophane wrap.

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