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Real name: Nils Blumreiter
I have been studying Biology in Germany for 7 years and since more than 4 years I am dealing with "floral ecology", as part of "sensory ecology". The focus of floral ecology as such is the relation between all the biotic and abiotic factors which are part of pollination, forming a network of relations. In more common words: I deal with investigating "which factors lead to successful pollination of plants?" and also "which factors interfere with pollination?".
Having a closer look at pollination means, having a closer look at the pollinators, if needed. Some plants don't need "living" pollinators like insects, birds, bats, or other animals. Such plants are often wind/water-pollinated. I take a closer look at the animals which are floral visitors and investigate the benefit and/or cost, which the plant gets from those various visitors in terms of pollination. Pollination research, being part of the "sensory ecology", (which means I need to include all the the physical-sensory impressions, that are involved) needs to be able to "measure" sensory impressions like: optical, chemical, tactile and also electrical signals. My focus lies mainly on the optical signals.
Art and crafting:
Since my childhood, I taught myself to learn everything I want and which I am interested in. So the leading theme of my life is creative-self-education. Which leads to the fact that I am also an experienced craftsman. I've been crafting leather, cloth, wood and many different materials for decades, which cumulates in being able to produce furniture, clothing, leather clothing and items (e.g. boots), sculptures, functional-art... in short: Everything I can imagine and want to create. My preferred style/theme of the last years is the "Steampunk" or "Neo-Victorian" design, which means NOT gluing gears on items or clothing. I try to imagine the Victorian era and its style, themes and design in being developed over hundreds of years and mix it with a variety of art nouveau elements. Mostly I focus only on functional items like clothing, furniture and art/decorative items. I design those Steampunk elements to fit as part of a cultural style in our world. I create my works to be used in daily life. I am not affiliated to the roleplaying/cosplaying games and don't craft "jet-packs", "steam-guns" or items like that. I see it more as an integrable style in our life.
Ultraviolet (UV)- Infrared (IR)- Highspeed-Photography
Knowing that especially bees are able to see ultraviolet light, I need to visualise UV as well. The world in UV-vision is totally different from our human sensory impression. Flowers, that are designed to attract animals capable of UV-vision, often show UV-active structures (adsorbing, or reflecting), which we are unable to see by the naked eye. But I use special modified photographic cameras, which enable me to "see" ultaviolet light. I also use this cameras to "see" infrared light, which has also a strong effect in attracting pollinators, and I also use it for nighttime monitoring of flowers and floral visitors. The impression which I thus get of nature shows an overwhelming difference to our "normal" spectrum as well. And lastly I am able to do highspeed-photography with a aperture time of 1/8ms. which enables me to have a very close look on the mechanical processes of ongoing pollination.
Due to my scientific education I first focused on the detailed structures and actions which lead to macroscopic pictures and stayed in the ecological, pure-scientific context.
But by today I continue my "step back", which means I zoomed out of the pure macro frame and I also zoomed out of the pure scientific focus. Now I use various setups (macro, portrait, wide angle), combined with UV-/ infrared-photography on the boarder to the visible spectrum , always in combination with highspeed photography, which allows me to create "stills" where normally very fast movement is going on, to visualise our world as nobody has done before. Using all those different combinations enables me to show the power and beauty of nature in a way that still strikes me every time. My curiosity to see and show our environment has become a journey not only through the different spectra of visible and non-visible light, it also resulted in a real journey through the world and changed my vision of nature and mankind as part of it.
Last but not at least I am proud that my photographic work is mostly a product of combining different physical filters and that the digital post-processing is minimal, so I still need to master the "old-fashioned" manual photographic skills in contrast to our fast-producing digital media world.
As you see, I'm a hybrid between scientist and artist, but only to speak in biological terms. I don't decide between art and science, for me it is the same context, only on different sides of the spectrum. To be a good scientist you have to be creative to figure out what is going on and be able to "play" with the facts you see, until you find a conclusion, or create a new insights maybe come upon a new method. As an artist you need to be a good scientist as well, because if you want to play with emotions, or want to create impressions, you need to investigate and start research where all those impressions come from and by which methods and sensory pathways you are able to transport them. On which side, or where inbetween I work is only due to my actual focus and not restricted by borders.
Scientific- macro/object; Art- scenery/portrait/stills/panorama/macro/object
visible spectrum, ultraviolet (UV)- infrared (IR)- highspeed-photography
bags, boots, books, accessory, clothing, furniture, sculpture
leather, cloth, wood, compound materials
In 2012 I stepped out of university and arrived in New Zealand. I am here for at least one year, or hopefully longer. Here I continued my photographic projects in this fantastic environment, as part of my work-and-holiday year. Furthermore I do some freelancer research for my first scientific publication, in which I focus on different Metrosideros species (like Pohutukawa), and have a closer look at the pollination relationships of different Metrosideros species here in NZ. I don't have any funding for my photographic projects and also no funding for my research, which means I need to work here in NZ, in order to fund my stay and my ongoing projects.
my ENTIERE CLOTHING can be found listed here:
Also I am part of the Auckland based artist initiative "The Arts Menagerie"
find the "The Arts Menagerie" online and find me in the "Artists" section: http://www.theartsmenagerie.org/
leather-boots in steampunk design mixed with art nouveau
steampunk goggles made of hardened leather with welding glasses
a doubled belt in steampunk design with space for a small pocket watch