Lightning

This work deals with the ambition to create a natural look of a lightning strike. Each photo is made by analog and artificial in urban spaces and rooms using cameras with time exposure mode, a flashlight and a 5mm telescope bar. That way I establish a relation between the disciplines of performance, sculpture, photography and painting without determining any of these discipline.


A lightning strike is as powerful as it is fast. In 2013 I was on my way back home with two friends. We visited my studio and it was a warm and calm day. Suddenly, a storm moved in and we were forced to find shelter. It was raining so intensly that we had to stop on the shoulder of the road. The next thing I remembered was a lightning so close that it was not possible to hide or run. It was incredibly loud and happened in a millisecond. We just then realized that this strike smashed, burst open and mostly vaporized the tree that was standing only 3 meters away from us. We were all astonished by the incredible speed and power. And of course we were extremely lucky that the tree did not hit our car.

Being on my way to my studio the next day I had to pass the scene. Somehow it was beyond belief. Perhaps we were so close that we knew it happened, only it happened so fast that the lightning itself could not be noticed. Our human senses were not able to grasp this kind of visual event.

From then on I started to study the physical and meteorological background to get a better idea of how a “lightning” works. But more than that it was important for me to investigate their shape and look to created photos of “artificial lightnings”.

Lightning