After a small break I decided to pick up my wet plate collodion practice. With the help of my hero René Smets (Collodion master and builder of gorgeous cameras) we made some new images in and around my atelier and home.
Square collodion reflex camera. Réne has built this amazing camera from scratch
Shooting with the historical Sanderson Instantograph
We even made a daguerrotype. It’s such a precious little object. Although the exposure wasn’t completely spot-on, I am very happy to have witnessed up close this breathtaking, but extremely labour intensive technique.
This summer I started making photograms of rainfall and sand. While the past month of June our rivers are flooding, the south is battling an enormous drought with severe fires.
Ain, France, February 2016
Artist Olafur Eliasson built this installation of a circle of icebergs which is installed at the Place du Pantheon during this week’s Climate Change Conference.
The idea of “Ice Watch” is twofold: the ice is arranged like a watch, or a clock face, to indicate the passing of time; and, in real time, observers will be able to watch the ice melt. Eliasson explains, “A circle is like a compass. It leaves navigation to the people who are inside it. It is a mistake to think that the work of art is the circle of ice—it is the space it invents. And it is on a street in Paris—and a street in Paris can’t be more important than it is right now. We all feel that strongly.”
The first two pages of the poem “Mont Blanc” by Percy Shelley.
Ropato, Chambon-sur-Voueize, France, 2015
Film stills of the video ‘Inside Kawa Ijen’.
A work in progress where images of the beauty of our natural world are juxtaposed with images of exploitation of the land and the people working on it.
Kawa Ijen Caldera in Java, Indonesia