Ghadi Smat

Luminous
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LUMINOUS


Years ago, when I was still studying photography, we were given an assignment to pick an old photographer and recreate a photo with a contemporary approach. Today I still have this reflex when I look at other photographers’ work. This is what came to my mind when I set on the series “Luminous” paying homage to Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley whose lifelong pursuit of capturing snow crystals led to the discovery that really no two snow flakes were alike. Snowflake’s persistent genius and pioneering photographic work is a bright example of early twentieth century photography that experimented with depicting reality objectively. But even reality can be imagined.

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“Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated. When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind.”
— Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley 1925



For more info about Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley, please visit http://snowflakebentley.com

Wilson Bentley circa 1902.

Wilson Bentley circa 1902.

Wilson Bentley circa 1902.

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