Draconis Occidentalis: Unearthing the Beast

The location was only believed to be legend – mentioned only in stories and folklore. After many years of research, the land was finally found. Forgotten by time a great beast lay dormant, encapsulated by earth, waiting to be discovered. Upon arrival, the seekers were welcomed by a great fog, presumably a bad omen. The men, driven by determination, carried on; for what lies beneath would certainly be the most significant find in paleontological history.

Nikolaus James


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Nikolaus James was born in Melbourne, Florida and currently resides in Jacksonville where he is the photography lab specialist at the University of North Florida. James holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography from UNF. Much of James' work includes fabricated scenes made before the camera, most of which are influenced by science fiction, fantasy, and mythology. His work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the state including the UNF Gallery of Art, Southlight Gallery in downtown Jacksonville, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach.

4 thoughts on “Draconis Occidentalis: Unearthing the Beast”

  1. Ok, everything fits here perfectly. Setting, light, that heavy, fog-like, thick mood. And I love this “report” font, gorgeous detail, which makes up the whole story. Top notch idea and photography!

  2. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak of this post before it went live. I can’t tell you how long I spent studying each image. I was lost in each of them. Stunning!
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful narrative with us.

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