Artist: Zak van Biljon
Type of art: Photography
Duration: 13th October – 24th November 2023
Vernissage: 13th October 2023, 6-9pm
Zak van Biljon, a South African nature photographer residing in Switzerland, enjoys global renown for his infrared photographs.
When gazing upon his work, one embarks on a journey that leads to the discovery of an ethereal realm, thanks to the technique he has chosen to depict nature and landscapes. Infrared photography, often referred to as IR photography, is a captivating and distinctive genre within the world of photography. Unlike traditional photography, which captures visible light, infrared photography focuses on recording invisible infrared radiation. Ordinary landscapes undergo a transformation into diaphanous visions, revealing their innermost beauty in a manner that challenges conventional perceptions, transcending the boundaries of human vision.
In an era marked by rapid urbanization and the omnipresence of technology, Zak van Biljon’s work stands as a poignant testament to the evolving dynamics between humanity and the natural world. It challenges the notion that the flashy colours of neon signs and the bright lights of modern cities are distant from nature’s colour palette. By using the infrared lens, Zak accomplishes what he calls “Modernising Nature,” highlighting that at nature’s core lies a stunning, vibrant pink-red hue that rivals the luminosity of the most modern urban signs.
However, van Biljon contends that even a bright pink photograph is more than just a hue; it is a profound reflection of nature’s essence, which, in the end, is almost diametrically opposite to the busyness of modern cities. This thought-provoking approach initially aims to capture attention, but its ultimate goal is to stimulate contemplation and the serene interconnectedness that nature inspires. This is precisely why he holds a deep affection for infrared analogue photography. Each of his photographs serves as a tranquil refuge, a sanctuary where one can pause, reconnect, and reaffirm their commitment to the preservation of nature’s enduring splendour, serving as a quiet reminder of the untamed wonders that persist just beyond our screens and cityscapes. His are not mere snapshots; they extend an invitation, a call to adventure into the heart of the wilderness, where the Earth’s pulse beats steadily beneath our feet.
Through the contemplation of Zak van Biljon’s art, individuals are inspired to rediscover the profound awe and reverence that nature evokes, motivating them to become better stewards of the environment. His work stands as a testament to the enduring power of photography to shape perspectives and inspire the stewardship of our natural world.