Kurt Meyer is a photographer of a very unusual subject matter – sand. Kurt has been collecting sand from around the globe for 20+ years. His 2,800 samples include sand from the South Pacific to the Arctic Circle. Four years ago Kurt began to photograph what he was seeing under the microscope. The images he takes are then magnified 25 to 30x. These images are then mounted on polished aluminum to give a stunning visual effect. These photos give a rare insight into the miniature world right beneath our feet.
Kurt will also be showcasing photos made by Dutch photographer, Carla Lagendijk. Carla, who lives on the North Sea coast, has been an avid collector of minerals and sand for over 20 years. She is especially interested in the tiny organisms found in sand. Her photos highlight many of the interesting single-celled foraminifera normally only seen under a microscope.
Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.
I have been a collector of sand for many years and have always been amazed at the beauty and diversity of life found in sands, as seen under a microscope. After many months of trial and error, I finally was able to photograph and magnify sand samples that demonstrates its natural beauty.
How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?
Macrophotography brings to life worlds that are rarely seen. The high magnification of sand allows us to get a feel for the complexity of a common material such as sand and its various components.
Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?
One of my favorites is Henry Miller, especially his writings in Tropic of Capricorn. He is able to find such life and excitement in the mundane. I think my explorations of sand follow that same idea.
Do you have a favorite piece in your portfolio?
My shot of the sand from Simpson Beach, OR is one of my favorites. The colors, the composition, is all very unique.
What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?
Macrophotography can be tricky. The depth of field is very small and getting the correct lighting is always interesting. As Einstein would say, its 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration. You just have to keep experimenting.