This photographic technique, which results by influences of nature, in the most
fascinating images,colors,combination of path of the sun and landscapes, was
invented by Slawonir Decyk, Pawel Kula and Diego Lopez Calvin in 1999.
The reason why they called this ‘ Solargraphy” was because images came into
being in camera’s without lenses.
Light sensitive material is exposed in a manner that the image is revealed
directly without the use of chemical processes. The images that become by
extreme long exposures from 1 to 6 months register the path of the movement
of the sun. The camera’s that have been set, are left without control for a long
period of time.
Sometimes by influence of nature ( for instance when the can isn’t completely
water tight ) the image comes out without a landscape, with only the path of
the sun exposed. As an example you can look at “SolarSquare”. What is left is
the path of the sun with even a reflection effect under the real path of the sun.
It still becomes a stunningly beautiful image.
Solargraphs belong to this group of images which lets us almost tangibly
experience the features an limitations of all fundamental categories by means
of which we grasp reality.
You never know what will become the outcome of the image, and that’s an
extremely exciting process.
A look at the world, through “non human” eyes.
Note the differences in shades of color in each Sun Orbit, due to different weather conditions, but it seems that air pollution is of huge influence also. It varies from blue to white in color. On the left hand side you see the reflexion of the Path of the Sun, probably due to the fact that the paper is glossy. Not sure what the yellow ‘strike’ in the middle is, but most probably it’s a lightning strike. If so, I’ve never seen it before in a Solargraph, which makes this image very unique. The right hand side of the image bears the scarfs of the paper being cut off too big, to fit in the canister correctly. I left it in on purpose, cause it gives added value about the history ( treatment ) of the image.In the lower right hand corner my fingerprints are also visible. When I first showed it to some close friends, they all where very exited because it seemed to radiate a very spiritual feeling. When you get a closer look at it, you start to see things that are not of this world. That’s why I also like to refer to it as 4th Dimensional Photography.
Because of it’s shape I was interested in making an image of the brand new MAS ( Museum at the Schelde ) building that recently is about to be finished. At first look you don’t ‘see’ the building but if you look closer, you start to see the shape of the building in many different ways. The canister was glued ( with Tec7* ) to the top of a streetlight ( pole ) and because of the length of the pole and the weather conditions ( wind ) the pole has been moving. So, when you look in the middle left part of the image, you start to see the shape of the building on different location in the image through different blue color densities . It gives the image an extra action modus, accentuated by the orbit and reflection of the sun above and under it. Part of the building is reflected in the water which resides in the middle.
The combination of the cool blue and the warm brownish colors, combined with the nothingness that is actually there, determines that space is the dominant ingredient.
* Tec7 is a silicone that sticks anything. Is used mostly in construction. It is a very simple and easy to use tool, to stick the canister or whatever you use as Pinhole Camera to it’s undergound. Probably Tec7 it is called different in other countries, but by way of my discribtion you know what to look for.
I have hardly any words for this wild outcome. The can was infiltrated with water, which is noticeable in the lower middle part of the image. It gives a cloudy impression. I have totally no explanation what the white figuring is all over the middle of the picture. I guess it’s spirit dancing in front of the canister…God knows…
The scene in the background is the Suikerrui in Antwerp. It’s one of the main streets in town, with lots of restaurant and cafes. The tower is the Cathedral of Antwerp. I had a real hard time to get any color in this image. As you can notice, the scene itself has a very monochrome color. I had to enhance color outside of the scene, which was really not easy. If I remember well, it took me about 3 hours to get it like it is now. Personally it’s not my favorite, but funny enough lots of other people like this particular image a lot. It’s comforting to know that you don’t have to like your own work, to please others with your art.
Although this image is monochromatic from nature, I like this one a lot. It gives me the impression that it has been made in the 18th century. It has a very warm mood in it kinda fills my hearth with warmth. Even though there isn’t very much detail to capture in the foreground, you just can sense that it are walls of buildings. The added value, of the torn up sides of the black and white photographic paper, accentuates the impression of an 18th century picture even more, along with the different densities in the monochromatic structure.
In this case, even though it is a Sun Photograph, the Path of the Sun becomes subsided, or maybe better said, becomes an undefined, integral part of the image.
I love this one ! You won’t believe your ears, when I tell you how this one came about. I noticed a beautiful set in town in combination with the Path of the Sun. So I glued the canister on it’s place, and waited for a good month to check out the result. After I first dried it with a hairdryer ( it was completely soaked ) I scanned it. To my big surprise the surrounding landscape was completely gone, but the Suns Orbit AND it’s reflexion was still there ! Luck was on my side for sure !
The wonderful combination of colors, texture, composition, influence of the weather condition, made it all possible that this image, that normally is supposed to be trashed, came to be a most beautiful creation. No hand of man could have made it so lustful for the eye. This has nothing to do anymore with a photograph but due to the circumstances has become a painting.
This is most definitely so far my favorite Solargraphy.
Another monochromatic Sun Photograph. So far I have not found any explanation or reason why some Solargraphies end up in various colors and others end up as a monochromatic image. Like for this one, I could have given it any monochromatic color I wished, but for some reason there are no other colors involved here. It’s just as it is. Another mystery that has to be solved. This image was taken in a very narrow street in the middle of Antwerp. Look how the lines of the opposite building are converting like crazy ! This is for shure a serious wide angel view.
The Path of the Sun is very abundantly in the picture, and it’s reflection, due to the bending of the paper, has become an unnatural phenomena. No way this is the original Orbit of the Sun. It looks more like a rocket that has been fired, and it’s remains look like the reflection . It makes it interestingly and for sure intriguing.