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Mystic Land

Photos taken by Rachel Bussières, a 26-year-old Quebec
 City, Canada native, currently based out of the North Coast of California. She has been connected to mental illness since her childhood, when she had family members close to her struggling with different mental health issues. When she was 7, her uncle, who was deaf and suffers from depression, came to live with her after a car accident. Many years after, he is still struggling with mental health issues and the bright side of life rarely shines on him. Rachel, who has a fine arts diploma and an 
anthropology degree, dedicates herself to 
the study of territories, inhabited or otherwise. 
After receiving a grant in 2009, she traveled and worked in India 
where she developed her artistic approach
 from humanist photography and visual
 anthropology. She has also lived, photographed, and performed anthropological 
research in Amsterdam and Morroco. In 2011, she started to experiment with the fine art of paper making with natural fibers. The paper that she produces now serves as a support medium for her photographs as she continues to expose and publish her work around the world.

About these photos: “These photographs are part of my Mystic Land series. Isolated in the North Coast of California, this series explores the mystical energy created by the fog during summer. Reflexive, moody, and atmospheric, these images depict scenes in which we enter into a state caught between sleep and wakefulness, dream and reality. Questioning our relationship to the world and to the natural elements such as light and its absence, water and its patterns, this work draws from the sublime and the terrifying both as complementary ways to express emotion.”


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13 comments on “Mystic Land

  1. Bill Chance
    September 9, 2012

    Beautiful photographs and a compelling story. Thanks for sharing.


  2. Darla Welchel
    September 9, 2012



  3. Rick Diffley
    September 9, 2012

    Top photo is wonderful!


  4. sarahjunebug
    September 9, 2012

    I love these!


  5. Rob Allen
    September 9, 2012

    Beautiful , especially the first image.


  6. Charlotte Tai
    September 10, 2012

    amazing photos and the foggy scenes are really mysterious!


  7. wandering pebbles
    September 10, 2012

    The first one is just killing me 🙂 Such a great sun light!!


  8. Atul Srivastava
    September 10, 2012

    Beautiful! the first pic is winner …. very touching n inspiring story … thank you for sharing:)


  9. karatunephotography
    September 10, 2012



  10. conserving quirky
    September 11, 2012

    the first shot is just spectacular!!!cheers!


  11. aqueoussun
    September 11, 2012

    The top shot is really cool. It feels like there’s a UFO landing just out of shot….


  12. kevintheriault1
    September 16, 2012

    Beautiful. Fog and light have so much to say about the state of a human mind. Your photos speak to each person on a unique and personal level in that regard.


  13. Naomi Baltuck
    September 18, 2012

    Really lovely!


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