2019, 144 pigment prints on paper, bound to a book, 26 × 30 cm
Colour constancy (or chromatic adaptation) is the ability of the human visual system to perceive familiar objects in consistent colours, even under strongly changing lighting conditions. For a camera, this corresponds to the Automatic White Balance. The camera is set to the current colour temperature in ‘neutral’ light. With consistent settings, it takes a picture of a white page of paper every ten minutes for 24 hours on a late winter day. These 144 recordings from the camera are then printed on white paper and bound into a book.
At first, the viewer only perceives white pages, that over time and in process of browsing through them reveal the slightest nuances. The book thus documents the often barely perceptible changes in light, as well as the unmistakable blackness of the night. This deliberate examination of the ‘empty’ page questions the processes of perception in our fast-moving times and sharpens attention to detail and depth.
The relationship between photography and book is renegotiated, shows how photography apart from commercial photo books can become the subject of experimental book design.