As the world we live in keeps evolving in unpredictable ways, Russian digital artist and designer Evgeny Kazantsev imagines our possible future in the latest ‘Legacy Mode’ series. His carefully detailed illustrations question how familiar things in today’s societies can remain relevant in a continuously changing reality. From forestation and car racing to medical surgeries and architectural construction, the artist offers a glimpse into a surprisingly realistic future.
For Evgeny Kazantsev, there is no certain point in humanity’s timeline where these scenes are supposed to be happening. Some might be occurring ten years from now, while others can be set 100 or 200 years into the future. Having this in mind, the artist has found it interesting to explore a mix-up of eras, contexts and proportions. To elaborate, there are elements in today’s environment that will be neighbouring advanced technologies of tomorrow in a seamless way — just like one uses shovels, pencils or blankets alongside smartphones and televisions. Hence, he believes it important to tell a story that normalises our futurescapes, ones that are not embedded in a cold and synthetic reality.