They Look Like Planets...But Are They Really Planets?

Mysterious spheres with cracked, hollowed surfaces, which bear witness to old age, a remarkable past and the weight of years. We imagine a distant planet, part of the unknown and remote Universe. Looking at all the planets, there is very little to the welcoming profile. The majority give off a certain coldness. The planets seem dead and absent of life. Except that, the ambiguous spheres we’re talking about are not exactly planets. No, they are simply frying pans seen from below. Working with light and the addition of oils to extract the textures, these everyday kitchenware materials turn into dark astrological orbs.

A subtle approach

But Christopher Jonassen's purpose is much deeper than it seems. If the Norwegian artist had fun photographing the dishes of his friends, it's for two reasons. First, he wanted to demonstrate the absurdity of everyday life and the unsuspected beauty of the objects around us. For this first objective, we can say that it’s been reached, since our mind has assumed these images to be what is most beautiful in photography; photos of the Earth and the planets with whom it shares the Universe.

The second reason these photos were published is to emphasize the impact of small daily actions on objects. In other words, Christopher draws a subtle link between the destruction of a misused, tainted pan and the decadence of our beautiful planet. And if we stick to this idea, we no longer see a stove in the photo but a planet, destroyed by the accumulation of small actions that mistreat it. The planets we see in these images evoke the future of the place in which we live, and make us reflect on the negative impact of Man on Earth. An exhibition of photos with multiple interpretations, in which causes an illusion, but especially warns against the devolution of the planet.


All Photo Credits : Christopher Jonassen


29 Mar 2018 by Alexandre Nessler

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