Artist Nikolai Tolsty creatively joins images of paper animal silhouettes in a natural setting to produce beautiful artwork with a unique twist. The combination is surprising, yet perfect, with the surroundings offering color for the cutout as well as a scene to frame the animal. Tolsty carves out the sleek animal silhouette on a sheet of paper and then photographs the cutout, superimposed on the world around him.
Each photo in this ongoing project settles on a section of scenery that compliments the latest paper creature. The artist’s work also demonstrates the power of contrast, with sharp lines of the paper silhouettes complementing the lush textures of the environment. While it’s a simple project, aiming to capture the many shapes and forms of beauty that unceasingly occupy the world around us, it’s also beautifully original.
“First, I cut out paper silhouettes of animals and then choose a scene in nature that surrounds me to colourize an image. This series of works I called #mylightweightworld. “