Longyearbyen • Spitsbergen



• image code: SOT13
• a solargraphy created in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
• exposure time 55 days
GPS location 78°13’19.7″N 15°37’54.1″E

When I opened the pinhole camera which recorded this image, I was truly amazed with some of the detail visible in the sun’s tracks on a small piece of photo paper. Although the tracks were wonderfully visible, the recording itself  was created to far away from the subject. Luckily it still left me with a unique image, an eye in the skye so to speak.  In this particular case there was another surprise. The available color spectrum to play with after digital recording of the negative was very diverse. In the end I could create this solar eye looking down at us from the far north.

In the process of creating an exhibition I worked closely with Temon Gonzalez Moreno, an artist who combines sound, image and research into beautiful objects and design. I asked him if he could translate the solar tracks into a natural, multi layered morse code sound track. You can listen to the result via this link.

If you buy a fine art print or limited edition of this image, 10% of the profit will be donated to APECS. This is an organisation which supports early career scientists in their research. Many members of APECS helped me in creating the images in the Touch base project. We all depend on future science. By donating some of my earnings I can do something back to support them.


Mark Haanstra & Oene van Geel have created a music album named after the photo series, Shapes of time. Each photo was an inspiration for a music composition. Shapes of time is also a performed with the photographs translated to animated backgrounds.

Extra info

The image will be printed onto Hahnemühle Natural Line Fine Art Paper based on hemp and using the Epson Sure Color Printing technique.


Shapes of time, album
Shapes of time, project
SEES Scientific expedition
Dutch arctic station



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