On June 15, science will turn into art in the Bildmuseet, Umeå as photographer Jochen Lempert showcases his creative approach to science. At first, Lempert used his analogue camera research purposes. Initially beginning as a biologist, Lempert’s work was always about nature, animals, and ecosystems. The upcoming display Jochen Lempert / Sudden Spring.
Lempert began in the 90’s. His images are often stylized in black and white, with his motives as a scientist evolving into a photographer’s as his interest with purely nature had involved how he uses the camera with documentary work. Lempert was a trained biologist who conducted fieldwork in Europe and Africa, , writing various papers for the flora and fauna. He was mostly aided with a 35 mm camera.
The scientist-photographer is known for creating dualistic and comparative photography through diptychs and triptychs, such as Belladonna (2013), a diptych where he places nightshade (a plant) and a squirrel in one shot. This juxtaposition shows the link between animal and plant, allows the viewer to imagine how the squirrel sees the plant. His work Formation (2005) shows human beings' aesthetic order on non-humans. Most of his works are for open interpretation in the context of biology. The show is open until October 21.
Images are from the press kit.