Knysh recreation of "Until Kingdom Comes"

Manipulation of Reality in Images

To demonstrate manipulation of reality in images, I decided to emulate or imitate Simen Johan’s “Until Kingdom Comes” and Moriko Mori’s “Mirror of Water”.

Simen Johan's "Until Kingdom Comes" (Source:

Simen Johan’s “Until Kingdom Comes” (Source:

Imitation of “Until Kingdom Comes” by Simen Johan

Simen Johan is his image “Until Kingdom Comes” he attempts to show a world void of humans where animals are dropped into unfamiliar settings. [1]

Some of his images have a post apocalyptic feel to them. In his images he tried to create tension and confuse viewers by blurring the boundaries between beauty and brutality.

My recreation of his photo “Until Kingdom Comes” from a collection of my photos is a little less dramatic. The basic background is a beach photo from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I selected this particularly image because of the clouds, which reminded me of the background in Johan’s photo. I didn’t have any bear photographs, or any other wild animals, that were suitable for this project. Instead, I chose to use three photos of my dog, Andy. Although less brutal, he is equally photogenic. I also had to create my own garbage dump from a macro photograph of several pieces of garbage. Although my version of Until Kingdom Comes isn’t quite as realistic looking as that of Johan, it gave me an opportunity to explore the manipulation and recreation of photos using Photoshop and layers.

Here it is, I hope you enjoy it.

Knysh recreation of "Until Kingdom Comes"

Bryan Knysh recreation of “Until Kingdom Comes”


Imitation of “Mirror of Water” by Mariko Mori

Mariko Mori's "Mirror of Water" (Source:

Mariko Mori’s “Mirror of Water” (Source:

For my second recreation, I imitated “Mirror of Water” by Mariko Mori. [2] I was particularly attracted to this photo by the color and light in the image. It gave the photo a very surreal feeling. Mori used a photograph from a cave with a very strong reflection in the water. This reflection provided a very strong mirror image in the photo. She then sprinkled images of herself scattered throughout the composition, as a repeated self-portrait. The multiple portraits of herself were intended to depict images of the same person a different moments, and twins and triplets to depict different aspects of the person.

Once again, I was constrained by the photos in my personal collection when trying to recreate this image. I didn’t have a photo of water with a reflected image, let alone a cave such as in Mori’s photo. I decided to try a technique by taking a photograph using my camera’s High Dynamic Range (HDR) feature while moving the camera to create a double exposure. Although it doesn’t have the reflection, it does have a similar feeling of a replicated image.

Using this double exposure as a background, I scattered multiple copies of an image of myself from Yellowstone National Park. Similarly trying to recreate the individual, twins and triplets of myself. Once again, I had the opportunity to experiment with Photoshop and layers.

My version, although not quite as surreal as the cave, turned out interesting in its use of a HDR double exposure to provide a replicated image. Here it is, I hope you like it.

Bryan Knysh imitation of Mariko Mori's "Mirror of Water"

Bryan Knysh imitation of Mariko Mori’s “Mirror of Water”

One of the biggest things I learned from this project was that I need to take a Photoshop class. Creating these composite images was fun. I just wish I could have done a better job of blending multiple images into a single composite image.


[1] Johan, Simen. ”Until Kingdom Comes.” <>.

[2] Mori, Mariko. “Mirror in Water.” <>.