Traditionally in visual art, Life and Death are referred to through light and darkness, which makes photography particularly relevant. Vanitas 2.0 intends to transcend the common representation of Life using a partially negative image to play with light as the symbol of Life.
Whereas the Vanitas still lifes emphasized on the certainty of Death, this series aims at putting Life back at the center of our reflection on contemporary environmental issues, beyond species and any other kind of classification.
In this photographic process, the plants, as living beings, don’t reflect light anymore. They become the source of light and the partial color shift gives them animal features, reminding us that we are one with Nature.
However, these are flowers in vases, they are therefore dying, their time is counted and so is ours. With this photographic process, no Life also means no light, reminding us we need to act now to preserve Life.
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