Making

94 Pots

Since January I’ve dissolved a total of 94 pots into my tank through both experimentation and performance of the work. These remnants are still in the bottom of my tank and as the mounds get higher and higher the pots take longer to dissolve. I wonder if eventually a pot will stand on it’s own, unchanged by the water, and if so what would this say about the work?

I booked out a Canon 5D mk iii and a mixture of prime and zoom lenses to photograph the remains in the tank, working to make sure the composition was clean and correctly positioned to avoid lens distortion as I was photographing a flat surface with the sediment in piles.

I cleaned up the image in its RAW format in Lightroom, I also worked on correcting some perspective errors. The tripod I borrowed was a bit creaky and once I’d focussed and pressed the shutter the weight of the camera meant it all got a little bit wobbly and once I’d readjusted the frame it was ever so slightly off. In future I’ll see about getting either a more secure tripod. Because I was trying to avoid lens distortion I needed the lens at about 50mm so the tripod had to be quite high up in order to make sure all the sediment made it into the frame. This meant that the tripod was extended to it’s maximum and that seemed to be a strain.

I then worked on getting close up shots of each pile of sediment and I really enjoyed how these looked. They reminded me of age rings in trees, which helps convey how much clay had been dissolved in each mound.

I feel the individual shots of the sediment mounds are successful and interesting, I particularly like the one above, as the folds of the wet clay mimic the lines in thumbprints, which are intricately unique in themselves and speak of identity. This occurrence in the clay is pretty much random and hard to recreate.

Shooting across the tank meant that the lens picked up the fractions within the layers of glass that make up the walls of the tank, which was disappointing because I wanted to shoot the mounds from an angle, because it was a bit more dynamic than top-down images. Finding a bigger, shallower vitrine/tank would help with this as there will be ample space to shoot over the walls.

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