Paint Disturbed by Sound – Martin Klimas

9 Dec 2012

German photographer photographs sound using paint. Each photo is an analogue representation of the music.

German photographer Martin Klimas photographs sound using paint. He starts by putting different colored paint on top of some translucent material, underneath which is a speaker. When he cranks up the volume, the carefully selected mixtures of paint explode from the surface shooting into the air and Klimas snaps them in flight creating beautiful intermixed patterns. Klimas photographs these motion and each photo becomes an analogue representation of the music.

Martin Klimas has captured portrait of many different songs —from Miles Davis to Kraftwerk. He spent six months and about 1,000 shots to get the required results and also spent 18.5 gallons of paint and two blown speakers.

Klimas rose to prominence in the art world four years ago for a series of photos that captured porcelain figurines just as they shattered. In addition to the obvious debt owed to abstract expressionism, Klimas says his major influence was Hans Jenny, the father of cymatics, the study of wave phenomena. The resulting images are Klimas’s attempt to answer the question “What does music look like?”

Looking at Martin Klimas photos you can recall another German photographer Markus Reugels who uses different  technique showing resembling images. His works were also represented on Sub.

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