Ideographic system


Although I develop distinct series, I consider my photography to be a single body of work, all part of one universe. This universe does fall into several parts though, distinguished one from another not by their colour or texture, but rather by different layers of associative sensibilities.
To be able to capture and articulate these layers, I created a simple ideographic system that operate as a subset. Instead of using names or titles, I assign a graphic symbol - an ideograph - that represents the characteristics of a series.




This ideographic system is applied to the series the Modeling, IncibLib, Formation, the Faint Smell of Decay and Heliotropes (the 5 ideographic symbols above respectively). Initially, these series are represented by one key ideogram. Subsequently, every singular work from these series is represented by a symbol derived from this key ideogram.


The system consists of four different parameters: surface, thickness, position and phase. Identifying the parameters in a work and how these are represented in a ideogram is pretty straightforward:
the position marker is determined by the position of the glass in relation to the camera. I use the terms zenith & nadir (and not up & down because they specifically include the position of the observer*). The phase marker is based on the type of physical reaction that occurs in the glass  (coagulation, thickening or separation) The surface marker again pinpoints the phase but it articulates the stage of the reaction and the type of texture that emerges during this stage. The thickness marker is determined by the height of the reliëf.


* Nadir is the point on the celestial sphere directly beneath a given position or observer and diametrically opposite the zenith. Zenith is the point on the celestial sphere vertically above a given position or observer.