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Friday, 30 April 2010

Claus Stolz's heliographies

Claus Stolz collects sunburns. He uses various Heath-Robinson devices to make the sun burn his negatives. Stolz calls the resulting (big) pictures heliographies. This is from his statement.

"On a bright working day, he opens the aperture wide. He avoids a sharp focus by intentionally blurring. All too precise a focus would be as useless as a laser beam; it would only burn holes in the film. But he wants to shape regular figures, objects, and universes with the focus – worlds whose beauty he wants to wrest from the burning work of destruction.

As is well known, when one focuses, light is bundled on the film in the camera. Here it swelters and burns. Claus Stolz has ruined more than one camera this way. And he has discovered something strange thereby: Kodak film burns yellower than Fuji. Agfa produces blue tones. Slide film burns differently from negative film."

 I like it, especially the big lens he uses to burn the negatives and the obsessive tinkering he does with film and camera. Read more about Stolz and see his pictures here.

 View more images and his current exhibition here.

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