• image code: SC0001
• Learmonth Solar Observatory, Australia
• exposure time 1 day
• GPS location 22°13’08.4″S 114°06’10.8″E
This solargraphy image came as a mighty surprise. From 2019 to 2020 I ran the programme Touch Base in collaboration with a large group of arctic scientists and artist researchers. I created long exposure pinhole cameras and shared those with scientist doing fieldwork over the summer. They all helped me out create solargraphy images all around the world at scientific research stations in the arctic. In the Northern Hemisphere. One person however, artist and researcher Esther Kokmeijer has kept some of my camera’s and decided to bring them on a new field trip to the Southern Hemisphere. Esther was working for her project Cosmic Water Foundation at Learmonth Solar Observatory around the time that a solar eclipse was taking place, 20th April 2023. And then she capture this image above with one of my camera’s. We had been talking about what it would be like to create an image during a solar eclipse but it had been out of reach for me so far. Esther made it all possible and look at the result! A fine art print of the sun rising above the observatory, then being cut off by the moon for a while and then back into action to continue the day.
Below you will find some process images taken by Esther Kokmeijer.
APECS Young scientists
With this image we seek attention for young scientists, we need them! Through science we will find a balanced future. We will donate 10% of the price of this image to APECS, an early career network for young arctic scientists. I am connected to APECS since the project Touch Base, arctic Solargraphy and hope to raise awareness for the importance of this network through art.
The image will be printed onto Hahnemühle Natural Line Fine Art Paper based on hemp and using the Epson Sure Color Printing technique.