My last project about a sculptor and his studio made me interested in the relationship between photography and sculpture. I must say, at this time, I hadn’t made a sculpture by myself in mind.
With the work on my actual portfolio, a lot has changed: I discovered what fun it is to work with archival material as a part of the final image; I made the first steps into the use of Augmented Reality (see Oral Presentation and the WIP-portfolio). And; while working on the pictures, I started thinking about how my compositions would look if realised as three-dimensional objects.
In his last speech, german artist Josef Beuys said: »Also Skulptur, mit der Skulptur ist etwas zu machen!« and »Alles ist Skulptur« (»Well, sculpture, there is something to be done with sculpture!« and »Everything is sculpture«, Joseph Beuys – ‘Dank an Wilhelm Lehmbruck’ (Letzte Rede) 2013). These two quotes came to my mind, and I felt that he was right. Even a (printed) photograph has materiality and has to be seen as a three-dimensional object — incidentally an essential point in archival work. As an example, the backside of an old image can tell you when the picture was produced (handwritten titling, photographer stamp, watermarks of the paper manufacturer).
But back to the story: After doing some sketches, I was looking for a method to visualise my ideas, try different materials and object sizes. I started working with Adobe Dimension (‘Adobe Dimension’ 2020). A simple 3D-tool, but the right one in my case. With the sketches and a clear plan in mind, I was able to construct the objects in a short time.
I must confess, that, as a photographer, I always had and have an ambivalent relationship to 3D software. I tried several times but never got happy with the results. Now the situation changed.
In a second step, as a proof of concept, I used the possibilities of augmented reality. Adobe Aero (‘Interaktive AR-Experiences erstellen | Adobe Aero’ 2020), which works well together with Dimensions, gave me the chance to try different sizes, walk around the object, and putting it into different environments.
The consideration of working on three-dimensional objects does not mean that the whole project will be realised as a sculpture. It is merely a different way of presenting the story and complements other media like pictures, books or film.
The next steps, besides photographing, are: Looking for ways to produce a physical object and how I can use augmented reality in my project to tell the story of the district in a new way, perhaps with more user engagement.
Joseph Beuys – ‘Dank an Wilhelm Lehmbruck’ (Letzte Rede) [Film]. 2013. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNqgNz8biM8 [quotes translated with deepl.com] [accessed 1 Sep 2020].
‘Adobe Dimension’. 2020. [online]. Available at: https://www.adobe.com/de/products/dimension.html [accessed 2 Sep 2020].
‘Interaktive AR-Experiences erstellen | Adobe Aero’. 2020. [online]. Available at: https://www.adobe.com/de/products/aero.html [accessed 2 Sep 2020].
List of Figures:
Figure 1: RAUSCHKOLB, Marcel. 2020. »The Paprika Village« – Photographic sculpture 2 (The Stars and Stripes Compound) [Film]. Available at: https://vimeo.com/453745444 [accessed 2 Sep 2020].
Figure 2: RAUSCHKOLB, Marcel. 2020. »The Paprika Village« – Photographic sculpture 1 (Religiosity in the city district) [Film]. Available at: https://vimeo.com/453743649 [accessed 2 Sep 2020].