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Bernd Nicolaisen working on the picture Cave of Sounds in Vatnajoekull, Iceland, 2014 © Courtesy the Artist

The Restlicht series by Swiss photographer Bernd Nicolaisen compiles unique images taken in Iceland between 2004 and 2015, with special attention to the Breiðamerkurjökull: a glacial lobe of the Vatnajökull located in the southeast of the country. The images originate from ancient glacial ice found in the caves of Iceland, formed during a time span of tens of thousands of years. The light, penetrating layers of ice in which traces of lava have been embedded over time, is residual light that has been progressively filtered, refracted, and reflected. 

After experimenting with lightboxes, Bernd Nicolaisen experimented with Factum Arte and elevated printing technology to create a black-and-white elevated print on gesso-coated aluminum of Black Pearl, Pilgrim and The Way, transforming the residual light into matter. 

Bernd Nicolaisen and Adam Lowe in Factum Arte's studio © Factum Arte

Black Pearl after the gloss finish © Adam Lowe

Black Pearl © Bernd Nicolaisen

Pilgrim, 2016-2018 © Bernd Nicolaisen


Restlicht, The Way, Falljökul, Oraefi, ISL, 2009, 2018 © Bernd Nicolaisen

Detail © Oak Taylor-Smith for Factum Arte

Detail © Oak Taylor-Smith for Factum Arte

Exhibition view of 'Bernd Nicolaisen - Amedeo Baumgartner' at the Musée Jurassien des Arts in Moutier (March 17 - May 26, 2024) © Bernd Nicolaisen

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