186 Degrees

PrizeOfficial Selection in Shoot (photo/video)
CompanyGianfranco Merati Studio
ArtistGianfranco Merati
CreditGianfranco Merati
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When common sugar is brought to 186 degrees Celsius or above, it melts. This project explores that very well-known characteristic of common sugar. A virtually uneventful ingredient from an artistic perspective, such as table sugar, can therefore be turned into mesmerizing shapes. There is also a parallel with the human condition: warm people at the "right temperature" and they will turn into something completely different.

Gianfranco’s motivation as a photographer is that ‘beauty is everywhere’. He seeks to reveal it. Gianfranco’s focus is abstract photography. Exploring the complex geometry found within nature, he has created many photographic series including projects revealing patterns within melted sugar; magnetic fluid ‘pulled’ into rippling miniature landscapes; and the delicacy of flowers encased in ice. Using both high-tech methods and innovative use of basic means, each final image is exacting and verging on the unreal. This, despite the fact that Gianfranco does not manipulate his images digitally.