Foto Fix: ​Seung-Hwan OH

 ​Seung-Hwan OH

Foto Fix: Seung-Hwan OH

​Mixing science and art is one of our favorite combinations and apparently it is photographer Seung-Hwan OH’s passion as well. He combines common bacteria and microbes with water and soaks his film, letting the decomposition begin… or rather, as in his case, the final composition begin. After the image is “destroyed” to his satisfaction, which may take months, he finally scans it before it is completely disintegrated. This series he has appropriately titled Impermanence.

 ​Seung-Hwan OH - Eclectix

Gorgeous blobs of color and bubbly textures consume partial areas of each image, leaving one intrigued as to what has formed and to what was lost. Interesting shapes appear obscuring the original portrait – shapes which suggest galaxies, foggy wet watercolors, hard-edged acidic corrosion, psychedelic light shows from the 60′s and more organic shapes, like snail trails or coral branches.  Corroded, dissolved and mottled – the final images result in an elusive and surreal beautiful decay.

Based in Seoul,  Seung-Hwan OH also goes by the name Tonio Oh and his work stems from his interest of microbial growth on film as a means to explore the impermanence of matter as well as the material limitations of photography.

“This creates an aesthetic of entangled creation and destruction that inevitably is ephemeral…” - Seung-Hwan OH

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