Martin Klimas and instant

Martin Klimas (1971), photographer.

The disintegrated ceramics in Martin Klima’s series Porcelain Figurines burst with more energy than their fragile bodies can handle, shattering into shards and dust with a strange dignity.

The photographer drops the statuettes from a height of 4 meters in his Düsseldorf studio, using the explosive sound of their impact to trigger his camera and make the photo. The technique produces a sense of great energy and emotion, giving otherwise static figurines new life in the moment of their destruction.

The resulting images reward close inspection. While the large pieces are interesting on their own, look deeper and you’ll see a maelstrom of atomized ceramics that show just how violent these events are.

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