In dialogue with the photographic medium
Is there more to an image than we can see with our eyes and if so, how can it be revealed? Digitally the image is a code of zeros and ones. Is sound captured in an image or can I give it back depth? An image taken hides materiality, texture, surface and the roughness of the subject depicted. By printing it on a paper surface or as a 3D object we make a transition from one medium to another and change the texture. Tactility is added but the materiality of the original subject has been lost.
I take photos of clouds in keeping with the tradition of the Dutch masters, famous for dramatic paintings with heavy clouds which we call "Dutch Mountains" hanging above a low horizon in with "typically Dutch light."
The work aims to draw attention to the changing clouds because they might be threatened with extinction. Clouds play an important but also a fairly unknown role in the climate discussion.
I experiment with possibilities to give the photo back the dimensions of the original spatial object. By combining it with the original photo I give the 3D object the context.
It was a coincidence that I came up with the idea to combine the traditional Dutch Clouds with another heritage: Delfts blue. The colour was the trigger. Where previously I had always made the 3D objects in the flat plane. I now transformed it into a cylinder giving it the potential to create the shape reminiscent of the vase. Adding a base was the finishing touch.
Sometimes the results looked like maps this inspired me to make topographical maps for the clouds. A place that you can visit only ones because the next moment it will be different and you might be lost.
3D object created based on the contrast and roughness of the lines in the image.
There is always a moment between two photos: time. What could have happened in that "in-between" moment? I am trying to reconstruct this using morph filters. This symbolises the changing clouds.
The Dutchman August Willem Veraart was the first to do tests to generate rain. His test on 6 October 1930 is particularly famous. From three airplanes, 1800 kilos of ice and carbon dioxide snow were dropped into large rain clouds. Within 24 hours, tens of millimetres of rain came down in the west of the Netherlands. Ever since governments and industry have used scientific advancement to manipulate the weather. I tried to make my own clouds.
Try to make my own clouds in the darkroom using chemicals and rainwater on analogue film
Tape changes the surface of the paper when pulled of
Is s it possible to give you the experience to walk through the clouds using augmented reality was something I experimented with.
To experience this for yourselves; download the Adobe Aero app and try some of this QR codes.
I wanted to make images about clouds not of them. You can see clouds in everything around them just as you can see all kind of things in clouds. I made a book "inspired by clouds" about this published with Blurb.