• image code: TB175
• Ny-Alesund, Spitsbergen
• exposure time est. 1 month
• GPS location 78°55’31.5″N 11°55’58.3″E
The history of the project Touch base, arctic solargraphy, really all began at this location. Scientist and station manager Maarten Loonen works each summer in the most northern village in the world, Ny Alesund. He conducts research concerning barnacle geese, ecology and basically anything arctic. His house there is small but can host a small group of scientists each year. In 2015 Maarten led a large expedition to the Island of Edgeøya east of Spitsbergen. On this journey I worked as an artist in residence and this is where I first met Maarten. Just before the trip, he had already helped me create imagery on location in Ny-Alesund so he could hand over the camera’s that held the first solargraphy images taken that far north. The results were filed under the project name Shapes of time. We kept in touch ever since and collaborated again on this project Touch base, arctic solargraphy. A global ‘science meets art’ photography project I conducted during 2019-2020.
This image was created with a specially designed multiple image pinhole panorama camera. I used a square PVC box with 4 holes on each corner. Behind each pinhole is a small closed compartment which catches the image in front of the camera onto the paper on the inside. The 4 images present a 360° view on the surroundings.
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.