The title of the project, Colorfields, is borrowed from the infamous Color field paintings of artists such as Mark Rothko and Richard Diebenkorn. They were concerned with large, more or less abstract areas of colors and tonal variations, which became the primary object of their paintings. I am particularly interested in the dynamics and manner in which the Colorfield painters managed to combine back- and foreground into a singularity of a hue, that ends up as one field of color.
I based my project on scouting photographs I made when flying over various salt pans and evaporation ponds in the United States. These areas are often difficult to access otherwise. From within helicopters and Cessna airplanes, I was able to achieve a less restricted vantage point, resulting in a series of images.
From high up I was also able to view the extent of terrain restructuring by the hands of humans, often for industrial means. The size and scale of it become instantly apparent as I include and juxtapose the tiny vehicles that traverse these alien landscapes towards their destinations.
These images are a combination of photographs layered with exaggerated color, using Photoshop to the point of abstraction. They reflect my moods of optimism mixed with pessimism about what I observed over so many exploration flights of these areas. Not everything that is visible is an actual depiction of reality, and my choice to crop rather than show the vastness of the landscape is to simply immerse the viewer into these industrial based fields of color, that form part of their attractiveness. My geometric works not only provide a view of the world and an abstract visualization of its landscape, but also touch on some vital elements of today’s world, ranging from the way in which we use the Earth to the artificial technologies we increasingly use to control nature.
These images have become a departure point for the direction in which I want to continue working, as well as a coda to the overall subject matter that I’ve been immersed in since I began photographing the various developments of human progress.