Living Light (Lampyridae) refers to winged beetles that are commonly called fireflies. The images are made without the use of a camera or any other recording device. They show the light trace that these exquisite specimens make directly on the photographic film. It results in luminous patterns drawn by nature, captured by a man-made technique. Not only is it an unconventional record of catching the ephemeral, but it is also the result of a performance act between me – the artist – the material and this insect. I go back in nature, catch the lightning bugs and experiment in an outdoor darkroom.
Nature and its processes have always triggered my attention through experimenting and investigating its dynamics. The motivation for making this work came from the deep meaning I find in connecting with the wondrous phenomena of our natural environment.
However, in modern life we seem to be incapable of living harmoniously with nature. We seem to have convinced ourselves that we are not a part of it. With this work I want to invite the viewer to get in touch with our natural environment. Furthermore, the abstract nature of these camera-less images opens up new ways of using light, time and the contemplation of the artwork. It invites the viewer to enter into an alternative way of seeing.
Romy Eijckmans (Brussels, Belgium) received her MFA from Sint-Lukas Brussels University College of Art and Design in 2012. While living and working in Brussels, Belgium, she travels extensively making work. Her photography has been shown in numerous exhibitions in Europe and the US and is featured in various online platforms. Although trained as a photographer, her artistic practice transcends the typical approach of the photographic medium. An intensive investigation into light and the wondrous phenomena of our natural environment, have become key to her constantly developing body of work. Her a-typical method shows a great interest in the potential for experimentation that the medium offers. She often works with camera-less photography, fine art printmaking, and is recently discovering the opportunities of installation art. These offer her the possibility to deal directly with the material itself, establishing a more immediate relationship with the work.