Vaartse Rijn • Utrecht



• image code: CSC0005
• a solargraphy created in Utrecht, the Netherlands
• exposure time 55 days
GPS location 52°04’34.3″N 5°07’15.9″E

In the midst of the preparations for the expedition to Spitsbergen, I was experimenting with pinhole camera’s in my backyard in Utrecht. I had talked to the curator of the art exhibition place in the city hall and agreed to displaying my results in the year following the expedition. I realised it would be a great idea to collect a comparison of long exposure solargraphy images from both Spitsbergen and Utrecht. This will give the audience a way to experience the difference of the sun’s track in two places at the same time.

In order to do so I set out to create extreme long exposure images on locations in Utrecht, the city I live. This image was taken on the side of the river Vaartse Rijn, a canal connecting the city of Utrecht with Nieuwegein and the Lek river in the Dutch province of Utrecht. The Vaartse Rijn was formerly a major shipping route between Utrecht and the Rhine basin. I was aiming to paint an image with a reflection  the sun’s tracks in the water of Vaartse Rijn and was very pleased with the result once I opened the camera in the studio.

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.

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.




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