Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Lightning Field photography series captures electrical light and frames it in intriguing patterns. Like many artists who capture high – tech looking results using low – tech methods Sugimoto uses the gelatin silver print technique.
In the same way that early scientific pioneers spent a long time studying the physical nature of electricity the photographer set about constructing an artifical environment in order to study his subject matter. He got hold of a Van de Graaf Generator and began firing off high – voltage electrical charges indirectly onto film.
What you see is the end result of this process – an image seemingly grabbed from nature, a study of that element that drives our world.
Oh, and if you want to know what a Van de Graff Generator is it’s an electrostatic generator which uses a moving belt to accumulate very high voltages on a hollow metal globe on the top of the stand
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