When Germany was hit by a second wave of COVID-19 and subsequent restrictions in late 2020, photographer and artist Jörg Gläscher determined to do a photograph mission in a forest that mirrored what the world was going via.
The Leipzig, Germany-based Gläscher spent many days within the quiet location close to Hamburg gathering wooden and assembling them into big waves sweeping throughout the forest ground.
“I used to be working (with the thought of) the pure energy of nature, the all-destroying drive, which brings one of many richest international locations on the planet to a totally nonetheless stand,” the photographer tells Colossal. “A wave is a periodic oscillation or a novel disturbance the state of a system.”
Between November 2020 via March 2021, Gläscher created 9 completely different waves.
“I solely use what we name deadwood — I didn’t reduce a single tree,” the photographer tells PetaPixel. “The biggest, No. 8, is almost 4 meters [13.1ft] excessive and 9 meters [29.5ft] huge. After I took the image I destroyed it to construct a brand new one from the fabric.”
These deadwood wave pictures are part of a much bigger physique of paintings Gläscher has been engaged on because the starting of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s titled C19,1-20, the diary complex, and “it incorporates 20 completely different items of labor from pictures to sculpture which I publish in self-promoted digital printed magazines, in small numbers,” he says.
Right here’s the textual content Gläscher included alongside the wave pictures in his journal:
Observations are manifold, particular person, circuitously transferable, and will be skilled in many alternative methods. A perceived object can generate impression in quite a few methods. Is it standing nonetheless? Has it moved? Nothing is ever because it appears.
Are appearances subsequently misleading? No, they don’t seem to be essentially misleading, however they be a part of me on a journey, wash over me, swirl via me, make me anxious, retreat, after which rush in the direction of me once more. “However that may‘t be,” says the left, “however I see and really feel it,” says the appropriate half of my mind.
I can undergo them, cease them, contact them, however every part involves a standstill and goes no additional. I’ve to let it go. Standing up, the second wave rolls over me.
It’s distinctive, it was distinctive. I raise my head, take it by the hand and acknowledge the vibration and the recurring sensation, and with it the worry disappears. Ought to it come, I can be prepared.