“Photographs Modified by Bacteria”
from Ron Geipel shows the synergy of classical analogue photography in combination with organic structures made from micro-organisms such as bacteria.
The project contains themes of life, chaos, transformation, and ends portraying a destructive process of obliteration.
Bacteria put on classical analog film material is reproduces itself by eating the different organic and chemical elements of the film emulsion. For digitalization, the images are taken out of the active process and captured with special lenses allowing high resolution around 260 mega pixels.
When the process comes to the end, the organic material of the film is completely eaten, the image becomes white or transparent, and the colonies of bacteria starve and die.
Chaos and randomization are the biggest attributing factors of this process of decomposing after testing and study for years.
Ron Geipel developed his skills and vision as a photographer in the 90s. He presented his works at various events a nd displayed the visuals with modified slide projectors. In 2002, he was spirited by the new digital possibilities and began to focus on moving images and film, which led him to found his own motion design studio. In 2014, he returned to analog photography and combined it with his revived interest in the usage of microorganisms.