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Forest Fantasy - photographed in special ultra violet light - Signed Limited Edition 1 of 7 on dibond acrylic Photograph

Robin Noorda


Photography, Color on Other

Size: 27.6 W x 41.3 H x 0.4 D in

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ULTRA VANITY Still life photography in the colour perception of insects The artists Robin Noorda and Margot van de Stolpe of the Tropism Art & Science Foundation, collaborate in the art project 'Ultra Vanity' and use a special technique in a series of still life photographs. The concept of our baroque series ‘Ultra Vanity’ sheds new light on plants, flowers, food, natural history objects and taxidermy objects. We arrange these in the ‘vanitas’ way of the old masters, while capturing the still life in a contemporary perception. By means of the so called ‘Ultra Violet Induced Visible Fluorescence’ (UVIVF) technique, organic matter presents an unfamiliar colour scheme. Hereby we enter the domain of insects and birds that can see in the UV spectrum the secret messages of plants. The stamens of flowers light up bright as they have to lure insects and flower leaves show patterns that act as landing strips, leading the way to the nectar. Birds spot ripe berries and fruits in UV better. Through this magical perception shift in nocturnal colours, we aim to achieve an experience of awe and awakening. We think a different perspective and a broader spectrum invokes one to see more…” The photos are made in complete darkness and special protective glasses must be worn. The subtile fluorescence effect is evoked during minute-long exposures with the invisible, but dangerous and literally blinding light of a 365 nm wavelength UV light torch. It is painting with mysterious black light spot. The special colour spectrum is not artificially manipulated. It is the fluorescence result of the specific UV light source and simulates the colour perception of insects. These photos of the subtle UVIVF phenomenon are then added up together in stacks in order to gain enough luminescence to let the picture emerge. A laborious method that, due to the long shutter times, is reminiscent of the magic of the early days of photography.

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Photography:Color on Other

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:7

Size:27.6 W x 41.3 H x 0.4 D in

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Robin Noorda Short biography Robin Noorda studied animation, graphic design and photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and the Rijks Academy both in Amsterdam. In the early eighties he was designer and animator for the public Dutch broadcasting organisation and pioneering computer animator at the first CGI studio in the Netherlands. In that period he also co-founded the art movement Tropism Art & Science Collective and his design company Morphosis. He is an independent filmmaker and animator. As an artist he is also active in experimental photography and interactive light installations. Photography He works in specific experimental fields of photography like projected pattens on models, infrared, ultraviolet, Kirlian photogrammes and 360º photography in his so called hyperbolics. Documentary A milestone was his Mongolia cross media project, consisting of the documentary film ‘Shivering Beauty - Soundscape of Mongolia’, the book ‘Transit Mongolia’ and the photo exhibition. A story about the harsh transition of a country form equal but unfree into unequal but free. Stop-motion animation films Other highlights are the stop-motion animation films ‘Red end and the Seemingly Symbiotic Society’ and Red-end and the Factory Plant, he made together with Bethany de Forest. Both earned many international awards and the first was nominated for a ‘Gouden Kalf’ in 2010. Most recent is the short film Rebirth of Venus. Curator The Tropism exhibition ‘Photosynthesis - shedding new light on plants’ is an international traveling art exhibition on the unknown worlds of flora. Photosynthesis exhibitions were held in the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, the the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and in the Tropism Lab in the Flower Art museum in Aalsmeer. Noorda was initiator, curator and participating artist. Installations Interactive light installations were part of light festivals in Amsterdam (Netherlands), Norrköpping (Sweden), Shenzhen (China), London, Singapore and Sydney, the larges light festival of the world. Assignments For La Montre Hermès International Watches, an assignment was realised together with Bethany de Forest, they created a series of showcase and films that are exposed in Hermès shops worldwide.

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