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Ephemeral clouds: the art of Berndnaut Smilde

Berndnaut Smilde creating ephemeral clouds

 

Berndnaut Smilde cloud 1

Berndtnaut Smilde, Nimbus II, 2012

Berndnaut Smilde dloud 2

Berndtnaut Smilde, Nimbus D'Aspremont, 2012

Berndnaut Smilde cloud 3

Berndtnaut Smilde, Nimbus​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ De.Groen, 2017

Berndnaut Smilde cloud 4

Berndtnaut Smilde, Nimbus​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Sankt Peter, 2014

Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde's fascination with the ephemeral has led him to master the art of creating his own clouds for which he uses a smoke machine, moisture and dramatic lighting.

Personally there is something magical but slightly disturbing about these images. The clouds are clearly incredible in their own right, but seeing them trapped inside these beautiful spaces gives me a sense of sadness. In reality they disipate very quickly and are documented by the artist in these stunning photographs reminiscent of the Dutch Masters paintings.

Top Image: Berndtnaut Smilde, Nimbus​​​​​​​​​​​ Probe #6, 2010

Images via Berndtaut Smilde & The Ronchini Gallery

 

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