Black Sun

category: > Art, > Photography

written by: Jaap Proost

LOOKING at the photographs of Hans Christian Schink is watching the sun go down. The German photographer uses an exposure time of one hour to capture the movement of the sun. Caused by extreme overexposure the image of the sun turns from white into black, an effect that is known as ‘true solarisation’.  The angle of the line differs depending on the place at which the image is taken. A horizontal line appears far north during the midnight sun, a vertical line shows up in the tropics on the 21 of June, the day of summer solstice. Because the time and location is important, Schink always mentions the date, time and latitude in the title of the photo. For instance, the first image is called ‘2/23/2006 4:04 pm – 5:04 pm N: 34° 03.712′ W: 118° 20.979′. Schink has pointed his camera to the sky all around the world. The project is called ‘1 h’ and exists of twelve images. I also like his series LA Night.

 

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