The Weed Project is starting to come together with some good experiments in the big tank with Bull Kelp (Durvillaea antarctica) or Rimurapa to use it’s Maori name.
There have been a lot of learnings along the way:
- The kelp is super robust and looks fresh even after a while on the beach and has the added bonus that it doesn’t cloud the water too quickly.
- It doesn’t seem to mind fresh water too much (some weeds bleach and leach colour very quickly) making it practical to shoot in the big tank. Obviously that is a good thing with such a big algae
- It takes on a magical quality under the studio lights. Almost skin-like which I will explore further
- I have also refined my aqua set building using fibreglass concrete-look planters and plastics painted with textured paint. I am wanting to keep the sets very minimalist, monochromatic and man-made to shift the weed into a total new context.
Although I still envisage the final prints will be black and white here is a sample of some of the raw files from the shoot.