Some of us may think we look at things from all angles before taking a point of view, but do we really? Andrius Burba‘s Underlook series are more whimsical, and his technique more prosaic; the Lithuanian artist started by photographing cats from underneath a sheet of glass in the studio, before graduating to dogs and rabbits. (You can buy prints and other merch of the cuteness here).
Under-Horse, as you might imagine, was a heavier undertaking, requiring two months of advance prep, a team of 40, a back-hoe to dig a 10-foot deep pit over which was laid a 56 square-foot, half-ton sheet of ultra-strong glass. The photographer’s subjects, which themselves weighed 1,300 pounds, were fitted with custom rubber shoes so as not to scratch the glass.
The results, which strip away all but the horse floating in space, are strong, abstract, and curious — fun, even. The only discomfort comes from the horses themselves, who, standing and looking down through invisible nothing, may have been feeling some of what Rohde was.
For a peek backstage in all its muddy, chaotic glory, here’s the making-of video: