Micro Mountains, Lakes and Rivers

PrizeOfficial Selection in Shoot (photo/video)
CompanyGianfranco Merati Studio
ArtistGianfranco Merati
CreditGianfranco Merati
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In this project I explore the hydrophobicity of magnetic fluid and I use the micro peaks and valleys that form in it when magnetically charged, to create micro "lakes and rivers" with water-based colours. The results are otherworldly creations that might make us wonder whether they are real things that actually exist or whether they are an illusion. The answer is that they are real indeed. In life, like in art, reality is a relative concept and the perception of it varies depending on who and when interprets it. This project, ultimately, highlights that very concept.

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.