Liz Hernandez photographs landscapes with a dynamism usually reserved for split-second action shots. Hernandez favors the middle ground between extreme close-up and panorama to achieve a diverse but still intimate field of depth. She is also expert at finding the best angle — bird’s eye, skewed upwards, tilting over the horizon — to capture the way light hits each unique part of this planet. Her use of texture is particularly skillful: the smoothness of sky can almost be felt against the grain of cloud and the glassiness of water. The vibrancy of the tonal contrasts Hernandez employs and, especially, her beautifully heightened colors, make the photographs dance before the viewer’s eyes. Though they rarely contain people, the images still move. The result is captivating, intriguing, and a potent reminder of the wonder and diversity of the world.
Hernandez was born in New Jersey and today lives in Miami. She is a self-taught artist who is extremely proud of her Cuban heritage and continues to photograph land around the country.