Feeding on Light, 2023
13 x 20 cm, 416 pages, printed with plant based ink
Design by Dongyoung Lee, Roger Willems.
Essays by Margot & Roland Spohn, Sina Ribak, Taco Hidde Bakker
Feeding on Light examines photosynthesis through experimental photography and is laid out as a field guide. Imagine a collection of perforated leaves in which organisms like insects, fungi, or bacteria living in or eating the foliage have created an array of patterns. Transporting the outdoors into her analogue colour darkroom, Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky experimentally captured the traces of the often symbiotic tree-insect-sun relationships. An extensive index links the 136 photograms, 87 contact prints and 496 leaf negative prints to the plant species' common and scientific names. Three essays contextualise her light harvest record from the perspectives of biology, ecology and philosophy.
Photos: Roger Willems