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Demand and Supply by alltelleringet Demand and Supply by alltelleringet
This is a photo manipulation I've been working on for the past months. All material shot by me, landscapes shot on Faroe Islands, houses shot in Stockholm and Prague. Excavator and truck is a 1:50 scale model shot in studio. Composed in Photoshop in a total of 340 layers with a total file weight of 7.77 GB (8272 x 6200 pixels). Includes no CGI, drawn elements or stock photos.

I would love to hear what you think about it, what is the first thing that comes to your mind when you see it?
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I'm not sure I would be the best to write you a full critique, because to my eye, your work is so well done, I wouldn't be able to say what could be done better ;P

I follow your work since you did this one: « Go your own road » in 2009 (…). Your work was already so imaginative, conceptual and amazingly well done back then, you just keep getting new level-ups since then! ^_^

I believe overall, the most impressive part is that there's no stock photo; all is shot and arranged by yourself. Very impressive! Until now, you were always working in a "closer environment", this one is the first (or close to it) with such a depth in the horizon. The others used to tell a story, while this one is more a descriptive environment; this is not the story of one person, but of a whole town, a whole fantasy world! Most of the other made me fell like "peeping into the intimacy of something, or some place", while this one is wide open, a lot less "intimate", but I feel intimidated by this bold/different world. I'm right IN it, like if I was on an helicopter to get there, whether I like it or not!

And then, there's the message (like always), and it's a frighting one, very "our era issu", the idea that our over use of ressources will be our downfall. There's about no more land, and for what's left of it, they all keep "eating" it. It's a very sensible and activist message that does touch my green heart. Few of us wishes to shake people up and scream "We can't keep living the way we do, wake up! Time to change, for all our sake!" and in this way, your heart, your mind, your work, this image... are your best weapons. It comes like a slap in the face.

Incredibly strong image/message. Very well done.
Makes me feel sooooooo inconfortable!
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The idea is awesome as always.
I'd try to be careful with so much photoshopped images all together, it's good for concept art but not for a photorealistic result (if that's what you want to achieve).
I'll write what I would try but before that I want you to know that I probably wouldn't be able to do half the things you do :)

The sky lens looks different by the rest, in fact the town on the island looks a bit too"isometric" compared to the rest.
there's a bloom of light in the middle-right of the terrain, that would hardly happen because the atmosphere at this distance wouldn't be so strong, the density of the air particles is not that strong.
It seems like there's a lot of dodge/burn on the houses, probably the light didn't match and you had to adjust it, but consider that light doesn't work the same way on all materials, and especially dodge gives a plastic effect, it's missing roughness.

Now these are all technical issues, mainly they can be solved by using 3D instead of photographs, or even 3D mixed with your own photo projections.

I totally love your ideas and if you manage to achieve total realism they'd kick asses even more, so I try to help with the few knowledges I have :D
Thank you for sharing these extremely cool images by the way, you really inspire me each time you post a new work!
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meluvbinary Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018  Student General Artist
we are both balanced on each other. one cannot survive without the other.
adrianocadau Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
cool work man xd
Dynamoe Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2018
Beautiful and stunning creation of a faraway society. I'd be afraid to live there because my luck, the whole thing would fall over during a storm! 
Creabytes Featured By Owner Edited Jul 13, 2018
Great work! Love the concept and the quality of the final image.
DriftLeef Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful. And I admire your patience. 
American-Emperor Featured By Owner May 15, 2018
This is beautiful.
NineFireStar Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018   General Artist
Fantastisk bild, otroligt slående. Hoppas att du lånar ut den till ett hållbart parti i valrörelsen nu. ;P
nightsvallow Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
"This is going to break and crash", was obviously the first thing that came to mind, even before I had noticed that the excavators were actively reducing the stem further.
I love all those precious little details like the birds.
TheEmmjay Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017
I get the intended message, but in all honesty, my first thought is, "This would be fun to do in Minecraft!"
JPetica Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2017
white31 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2017
The message here is very potent. I'm less of an expert on technique (actually I don't know enough to comment intelligently) but I am impressed.
Drury-Lane Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really impressive, I'm wondering if you might know of a few tutorials on how you got the right size proportions for something ambitious as this.  I haven't yet tried to make a landscape of my own but it's on my list of things to do however I really struggle with complex composites like this one.  I would be very grateful for any insight you might have.  Thanks so much, and again amazing brilliant and impressive work!
alltelleringet Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2017  Professional Photographer
I mainly just go on feeling when it comes to sizing different objects, but sketchup can also be helpful for digital mockups and testing placement, fairy easy to use too!
JAV1966 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017
Excellent work.
ShotgunBlue Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Student Interface Designer
this must be how those magical floating islands were made
PCecileArt Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017   General Artist
Amazing work! To me it depicts a small city that wanted to be on a flying island :p That's the job of this construction company! So nothing about earth destruction. Only dreams and magic :D
LeGiuS Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017
Great job man !
Xero256 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017
This is incredible. I want this as a poster on my wall.

The detail that you see on (what's left) of the earth around the construction equipment is great. Makes you think that you can hop on a boat and go to these islands. I see 4 of them. They aren't just copy/pasta either.

340 layers and 7.77 gigs for the PSD? Must have a monster rig to put this one together. My laptop certainly would flop over and not bother to continue.
peightz Featured By Owner May 26, 2017  Hobbyist
These are the first things i thought when i saw this

"There is alot of space but only a little bit is ably to live on. Despite this companies destroy it just to make a profit and the people want to live in comfort which requires more resources and the people dont know how bad there little place is. Before they know it, theres nothing left but endless pain.

Seems a bit like whats going on in our own world just a bit exaggerated.
JanushLetadlo Featured By Owner May 24, 2017
>what is the first thing that comes to your mind when you see it?

Pretentiousness. It looks like another alarmist piece of enviromentalist propaganda, although made with amount of skill and artistic taste usually unreachable by those types.

P.S: 7.77 GB, holy shit O_O 
JoBeeOne Featured By Owner May 15, 2017  Professional Artist
Feels like us on our planet.
Seamless work :) Beautiful and intimidating at the same time.
sohighlydubious Featured By Owner May 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very well made! Great ideas and execution.
JM-i2 Featured By Owner May 1, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Perfect ! The idea, the visuals, really nice !
AnneCullen3 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017
surely captures the idea of destruction by man on nature,we continue,we fall ;)
i wish everyone learnt this lesson and atleast took some measures........
Inkslicer Featured By Owner May 22, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
We use too much especially because of our population. Natural Resources come back in one way or another, but that takes too long, we really need to improve space travel so we can get resources from "dead" worlds
AnneCullen3 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017
maybe we need to improve situations back home? :)
marijeberting Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017
Wonderful Eric
JohnMo Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2017
Super imagination and works. Best of luck with the book, and, I do hope you are holding exhibitions too.
ChromaKei Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The first thing that comes to mind: They should rethink sustainability. Also, this is visually stunning.
Aeter-Link Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2017
"So far so good..."
Knask Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely amazing idea! Such a strong message!
Mr-Sadat Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful work :D
cjmarsh725 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017
Beautiful and... precarious. Nicely done!
lotfy2020 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very very very awesome  , Really i love it ,The idea and effort was great , Thanks for enjoying us with this piece of art :) .
Sylvain017 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
UniversalKinase Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's never a day where I don't think of the truth underlying this piece. We build our towers oh so high. We think ourselves grand. But, when it all comes tumbling down, there may be only ruin left where once there was a fertile land to give us life. 
I've learned much of human nature the past few years. I know that we don't have to choose this. We don't have to proceed towards our own destruction. Yet, we probably will. I'm not sure people have ever lived in a sustainable way. Perhaps we've always been innate forces of destruction. It's just that before, our numbers and technology were inconsequential enough that the world could mostly recover from our actions.
Not this time though....
We're chemically altering the world at thousands of times the rate of natural processes. We rip the land bare, and in our cities, we pretend that this is normal, we pretend that things are okay....
All morality is subjective, but ..... to act in a way that destroys oneself (and much else besides) is generally not thought of as.... healthy.

Brilliant art. This is one of the best manipulations I've ever seen.
alltelleringet Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Professional Photographer
thank you for your kind words
midrevv Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Outstanding work Erik, you've done it again.
Mithrilis Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist
impressive work again
we harvest ourselves and one day we will collapse... completely suprised
theCrow65 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Professional General Artist
stoopsolo Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
Beautiful and amazing.
RalfPfaarPhotography Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017
"This is how I eat my apples and I always wonder why the upper piece falls off!"  ;-)
 Amazing work as always!!! :-)
FrederickBloggs Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017
My first thought is that this is a clear presentation of how modern society is behaving; like a visual version of one of those long composite German words that are so popular with native English speakers (like me).
LisaGorska Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017
amazing work and concept and the execution is seamless! :clap:
CharllieeArts Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Stunning work!
mauromago Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice!! One of the best parody of the moder world
DubMeCrazy Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017
Desire, and destruction of the entire planet which is happening, NOW.
Shepperd65 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
It's absolute amazing.
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017
Silly, dig DOWN, not AROUND. 
b13visuals Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome visual concept! We are digging the dirt beneath our feet!
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