Robert Buelteman - Signs of Life
These recent images from an on-going project are clear examples of dedicated artistry. The project is a series of electrocuted flower photographs that are created without a camera or digital manipulation - but through a re-appropriated method of photography known as ‘kirlian’ - and 80,000 volts.
The artist begins the arduous process by meticulously whittling down foliage such as flowers, twigs and plants with a scalpel until they are almost transparent. He then lays each sample on colour transparency film and covers it with a diffusion screen. This is then positioned on a piece of sheet metal sandwiched between plexiglas, floating in liquid silicone.
He then zaps everything with an electrical pulse and the electrons jump from the sheet metal, through the silicone and the flower whilst leaving the jumper cables. The result is hand-painted with white light shining through an optical fiber the width of a human hair - a process so tricky that each image can take up to 150 attempts.