(von dem Beitrag gibt es auch eine Version in Deutsch)
A rise of the sea level, thawing permafrost, and melting glaciers create an unpredictable yet immanent hazard of potentially devastating scale. Civil protection agencies work hard to make sure dooms day isn’t near. Building massive bulwarks and engineering entire landscapes, they fight storm surges, landslides, and floodings.
Supplying our want for perfect security, the modification of the topography has reached an unprecedented level. With the help of modern technology in design and construction, extensive confining of the once feral forces of nature is possible. Limiting the chaotic and destructive forces that once made nature sublime, the new landscaped is built with the objective to be of harmless harmony.
To investigate human’s response to the threat of nature –in the past and in the future– is the aim of this work. In quest for survival landscape is engineered; documenting the scale is my task.
So far the work on the project has taken me to France, The Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, and Germany and quite some more travels are planned. To produce perfectly detailed photographs, I decided to work with a large format plate camera – each negative is 4×5 inch large and of incredible detail. The camera is heavy and bulky, but I take a lot of suffering for a good photograph.
But it’s expensive, too: a single shot costs a mind-wobbling 20 Euro. Add equipment and travel expenses and you are at over 250 Euro a day that I spend when working on the project! All in, I expect the project to cost around 20k, quite a bit more than I have on my bank account. Woohoo!
The Kulturwerk of VG Bild Kunst, the art council of the German copyright collective for photographers, awarded me up to 8’000 Euro towards the work on New Eden. There is a string attached though: the amount they grant has to be matched one to one by external funding. That’s where the ‘up to’ comes in: In the end, I will receive as much money from the VG Bild Kunst as I raise elsewhere.
To do that and to be able to continue work on the project I am now selling two photographs of the project in what I call an “Early Edition” (*) at 250 Euro. Each print is approximately 35x45cm and is editioned (75), numbered, stamped, and signed. Collect art!
This is all about the community of people that love and appreciate my work. To keep things affordable and to show my respect to everyone who helped my photography in the past: all supporters of my Socotra book pay only half, thus 125 Euro.
(If you can’t decide – go for both. It will be cheaper –I’ll knock another 20 percent off– and you will receive the prints in a nice archive folder.)
The print comes unframed. You can go for an IKEA frame for 7.99 though the mask won’t fit. For a more elegant option, the artisan framers of Art Passepartout in Berlin (who framed my work in the past, for example the Socotra exhibition) offer a 25% discount. For 70 Euro they frame the print in the way I think is most fitting and beautiful – in a spline joined box frame made of natural walnut. It’s superb, trust me! I will post photos here as soon as I will receive the first frames. (For additional 30 Euro, you can get UV-protective museum glass instead of standard float glass.)
How to order? Simply fill this form:
(*) Later, once the project is completed, I will sell the work as artist’s prints that might –but not necessarily will– include the same photographs offered here. But the edition run, printing technique, and size will differ – and most importantly the price tag will be substantially higher.