Timelapse of a formation of a solarigraphy between a winter solstice and a spring equinox. “The Sun is a clock that invites us to reflect on the relation between light, space and time”…
Music by Magnanimus Trio:
Video by Diego López Calvín:
text by Diego López Calvín:
Solarigrafia, Solarigraph or Solarigraphy: It is an invented word by Diego López Calvín, Slavo Decyk and Pawel Kula to named the images produced in the Solaris Project. This kind of images register the trail of the sun during its apparent movement on the horizon (Ecliptic). they are produced in pinhole cameras with the use of photosensitive materials in a way that they appear directly as a visible print without needing chemical processing. In order to achieve such a result it is necessary to have long periods of exposure that take up from one day to several seasons during the year.
It is a simple technique that produces surprising results. The image appears directly on photosensitive paper through its natural blackening, as a negative inverted picture. The paper is then scanned and digitally processed with the use of a suitable software in order to create a digital archive. The originals can only be viewed under dimmed light conditions. An interesting mixture of old and new technical procedures.
Solarigraphs are part of the images that offer the opportunity to experiment on the characteristics and the limits of systems that claim to be representing and explaining reality. We can say that nature stares at itself beyond the limits of the common vision, a gift of vision that will bring us closer to what is important within a landscape as seen through the eyes of a stone or a tree.
Everything moves very quickly and we miss details that would demand more time to be perceived. With this technique we discover a way of seeing what cannot be seen through our natural vision. The Sun is a clock that invites us to reflect on the relation between light, space and time.