Touch base

Connecting arctic research stations through long exposure photography


Touch base is a cross-over art and science project in which analogue long exposure recordings will be created in collaboration with Arctic science stations. By exploring and sharing innovative panorama imagery, we will connect a general audience with arctic science, art and design.

Brandalpynten • Ny-Ålesund • created in collaboration with M. Loonen • Dutch Arctic station

We can record a longer period of time in one still image frame through solargraphy. The sun writes her track every day – when visible – onto the light sensitive photo paper inside a specially designed camera obscura. The arctic region is a perfect location for this as in the summertime the sun never sets below the the horizon.

Poetry of science
The resulting imagery will resonate a timeless mystical aura of the arctic landscape, it’s difficult acces,  it’s history and future. The sun is a perfect symbol for the effects of time, climate and human activity on this pristine wilderness. We are all connected through the light of day and the dark of night.

We are working towards presentation of the images in 2020. Please follow regular updates through social media at facebook and instagram.

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Touch Base is a direct follow up on a recent project that has proven to find a large audience connecting with solargraphy in the arctic.

Since 2015 I have been collaborating with scientist/arctic station manager Maarten Loonen on a long exposure photography project. The results are filed under Shapes of time and have proven it’s worth to science partners in helping to bring arctic science to a general audience. Shapes of time is still finding an audience today in exhibits, music performances, lectures, travels and an art book.

It was therefore relevant to expand my ambitions to record images in a wider arctic region. We hope to include and touch base with as many arctic stations as possible and bring the results to a global audience.

Arctic stations & science projects involved • • • • • • • 

Skalanes arctic station Iceland
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Ness pleistocene park
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Zackenberg Station Greenland logo
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Financial support • • • • • • •

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APECS early career scientists Touch base

Universities involved • • • • • • •

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university of turku

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