Erin Sullivan’s #ourgreatindoors challenges people to create scenes from the outdoors with whatever they have at home. You can join the fun too

It appears to be like like a scene from a catastrophe film: a girl dangling precariously over a canyon, with a deep drop beneath. Upon nearer look, it turns into clear that the imposing canyon is a slice of burnt bread, and the highline from which the topic is hanging is a string of gooey cheese on this {photograph} by Kristen Nelson. “I created a scene of me falling while highlining in a grilled cheese canyon,” she says over an electronic mail interview from Los Angeles.

Her different creations embody ziplining by means of the Costa Rican rainforest (recreated utilizing broccoli), strolling in a winter waffle land, driving by means of a celery forest on a cycle made from tangerine, cheese, pasta and onions, backpacking by means of a “can-yon”.

These outdoorsy footage are a part of the #ourgreatindoors web page began by Los Angeles-based photographer, Erin Sullivan, which challenges pictures fanatics to shoot pictures recreating the outdoors with whatever they have at house.

Erin Sullivan

Erin Sullivan

Erin began recreating outside scenes in late March and has accomplished greater than 18 thus far. The thought took place as a response to the stay-at-home order in California, USA. “I have used pillows, paper bags, broccoli, sugar, paper, pancakes, cotton balls, tin foil, jello and asparagus,” says Erin, confessing that every scene she creates feels equally weird to her. Her most quirky creations thus far have been a jello lake with an asparagus forest set in a pie dish, and onion scorching tubs.

Onion hot tub

“I began asking myself how I could remain creative and connected to the outdoors and travel,” provides Erin, who is consistently on the transfer and has travelled to round 30 international locations.

Soon after creating the first few scenes, she felt that this may very well be an incredible challenge to share with her neighborhood. And that’s how #ourgreatindoors began.

“I almost always share my behind-the-scenes images, so that people know how they are made. Under the hashtag, we have hundreds of images of what people have created, and some are super original,” she says.

The recreated scenes embody well-known locations like Death Valley and Yosemite National Park in the US, Banff National Park and Moraine Lake (Canada), the Dolomites (Italy), glaciers and ice caves of Iceland, the Amazon rainforest, and many different scenes depicting rivers, tenting websites, ships in the ocean, Northern Lights and starry nights. Each setup and shoot can take between 10 minutes to just a few hours, relying on how complicated it’s.

Star trails

Albert Baker, a panorama and journey photographer based mostly out of Las Vegas, USA, says it took him just a few days to get considered one of his pictures proper. “The most challenging was creating star trails and trying to figure out how to do so without actually using the real stars,” he says, including, “I’m actually still not happy with it.”

Up for the problem

For Albert, perspective is the greatest problem and he’s choosy about the picture. “I use a wide aperture lens and use an object closer to the camera and further away… so that when I focus on the figure, the blurred effect of the surroundings creates a realistic look, making it seem like I was actually on location shooting the photo,” he explains.

Albert trying to create a waterfall sequence using cling wrap

Albert making an attempt to create a waterfall sequence utilizing cling wrap
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Albert Baker

Albert enjoys challenges, which explains why he spends time making an attempt to create components like fog as an example or a waterfall, to add drama to his footage. “I used a humidifier and an empty picture glass frame to create fog, and cling wrap and acrylic sheet for a waterfall with minor setting changes on the camera,” he provides.

Kristen Nelson

Kristen Nelson  

But for Kristen, who has created 19 scenes thus far, her most complicated work was a canoe in an Alpine lake with mountains made from Hershey’s Kisses chocolate surrounding the lake. She even used dill leaves, one thing she had by no means heard of until the shoot. “While editing, I tried a lot of things and ended up redoing most of it. It took me over five hours. But the challenge just made the process more engaging and the end result more rewarding,” she says, including that she can not look at the objects in her fridge the similar approach. “The ideas kept flowing, so I kept creating. It’s been a lot of fun,” she says.

While the inventive course of is likely to be satisfying, what is just not as fun is the half that entails cleansing up. “Most of the scenes haven’t required me to make a huge mess, but others have for sure,” says Erin.

Albert Baker

Albert Baker

Albert, who has completed 17 scenes thus far, has determined to take slightly break, contemplating how messy his home will get. But he’s already planning his subsequent shoot: one thing from the Arches National Park. He says: “What else would I be doing without it? I thank Erin for creating it. This exercise has brought back memories of being a kid again when I used to build scenes for my action figures.”

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