The ALCOPLANTS series is the latest project within the TWO VIEWS project of contemporary stereo photography. It features various plants and blossoms floating in jars of alcohol. Most of the plants were collected prior to World War I and are part of the Botanische Staatssammlung in Munich. They have been sitting in these jars for over a hundred years. Each image is a glimpse into a time capsule: into the past when nature yet had to be explored and stereo photography was highly successful within the genre.
Keeping plants in alcohol was a common way for researchers in the preservation of herbarium species for scientific research.
Colours fade quickly in alcohol, revealing the plant’s translucent, ghostlike texture, thus creating unexpected innate beauty.
At the same time, questions arise about how fragile our environment is. Can nature only be preserved when it’s sealed away? How is beauty affected, when kept in an artificial environment?
Viewed without 3D glasses, the visual impression is flat and graphical. Vivid red & cyan lines carry a secret which is only to be revealed when 3D glasses come into play.
The images morph into a photographic sculpture, boosting the ethereal beauty of the plants and blossoms. Adding depth turns a flat glass frame into a crystal box, enhancing the feeling of plants being trapped and buried in their crystal blocks.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Sebastian Cramer is a Berlin born director and director of photography for commercial film, content, documentaries, music videos and movie. So far he has received more than thirty international awards for his work.
Cramer has always been driven to bridge the gap between image composition and complex technical aspects. His invention of the Skater-Mini Dolly received a technical Academy Award as well as an Emmy Award. In 2009 he founded Screen Plane, a company that develops and distributes stereoscopic film equipment. Their technical gear has been used on many international productions.
Among others, he worked as a director of photography on 3D projects for directors like Wim Wenders and Michel Comte. He also shot the Grammy-Award-winning 3D Blue Ray „The Catalogue“ for Kraftwerk, the pioneers of electronic music.
In 2013 Sebastian Cramer started the Two Views project, a contemporary expression of traditional stereo photography.
ABOUT GUDBERG NERGER
Established in 2014, GUDBERG NERGER is a gallery of contemporary art, photography and design based in the centre of Hamburg, playing an important role in the city’s cultural life. The gallery represents international artists in the areas of painting, photography, illustration and design, has put on several exhibitions, and participates at national and international fairs. GUDBERG NERGER also runs a publishing house for art and design books and a think tank for art and design projects.