Project: Speculative Design

Dioramas – Hiroshi Sugimoto

“Dioramas” is the first photo project of Japanese photography Hiroshi Sugimoto. In American Natural History Museum, Sugimoto captures his scenes with a large format camera, long exposures time and adjustment of light to present his idealistic vision of nature. His photos brought these dioramas to live, “However fake the subject, once photographed, it’s as good as real.” Sugimoto said. In this moment, the boundary between fake and real get blur. Back to Natural History Museum, to make these three-dimensions dioramas, researchers and photographers are sent to the spots, collected lot amounts of specimens, photos and data from nature, then created the illusion of reality. Sugimoto’s re-photographing… More

Making Nature

When I was a child, I was really obsessed with a series of animal specimens exhibited the zoo of our city and visited that again and again. The stuffed specimens were positioned in front of the elaborately painted backdrops with the artificial plant, displaying animals in their natural surroundings. My favourite one was a group of wandering wild yak. Every time when I stared at it, I felt crossing the limitation of time and space, and the diorama brought me to the imaginary Tibetan Plateau that I had never seen. Probably we could view diorama as the work result of making nature. Human order everything according to the classified labels… More