An exciting prospect.
A South Tyrolean photographer, a military truck and a camera from 150 years ago have all come together in the UNESCO World Natural Heritage site of the Dolomites to create the Lightcatcher project: Kurt Moser now wishes to immortalise the “pale giants” as ambrotypes on glass. He has appealed for crowdfunding to finance his project, but the first great plans for the future were laid for these unique, giant-size mountain photographs even before the financing and crowdfunding are in place.
The first step – the conversion work
Steady: the powerful Ural truck “hovers” close to the Brenner autobahn, visible to all, five metres above ground level, bearing the slogan “Support now!” Without the integrated camera, however: this still has to be installed and that is Kurt Moser’s first major project after he has reached his Kickstarter goal of 50,000 euros to finance the conversion of this all-terrain military vehicle into a mobile camera and allow it to realise the unusual purpose that Kurt Moser has in mind: to immortalise the light of the Dolomites as photographs.
Once the Ural camera plus photographer, black glass plates and darkroom enters the mountain world, the legendary pale mountains will be photographed in this unique way and preserved for all eternity on glass.
Kurt Moser plans to spend a full two years in the mountains, two years dedicated to mountain panoramas, with the aim of producing unique, irreproducible pictures of the rock faces and summits – catching their light.
Do you want to learn more about how this will be done? Then read here about the technology that Kurt Moser intends to use – it is as unusual as the project itself.
In the light of the world – the next step
Kurt Moser will finally return from the mountains in the year 2019, when the mountains of his homeland will go on tour – in glass format.
The first exhibition, already confirmed, to host the giant ambrotypes will be held in Berlin, in the museum of photography, the Helmut Newton Foundation, where for a full three months the Lightcatcher’s works will be presented to the world in their own exhibition. But not just the ambrotypes: the metal plate fastened to the giant mobile camera, with the names of all supporters laser-engraved on it, will also be on display. Thus not only the Dolomites will be immortalised, but also all those without whose support the entire project would never have been possible! Between the images of the Dolomites will also be ambrotypes depicting particularly generous supporters who have made a giant contribution of €7,000 to the Lightcatcher project!
A further step: a change of continents
Berlin is not all, however. Subsequently it is planned to go east, to Mumbai in India, where the Lightcatcher will likewise present his pictures. Art expert Ismail Mukadam, who curates an important art foundation there, will temporarily host the Dolomite ambrotypes together with the metal plate, the video and the supporter ambrotypes in his collection.
An exhibition in the National Portrait Gallery in London is also in planning. And, if everything works out, the Lightcatcher will even get as far as New York and Los Angeles – after which the enormous ambrotypes will return to the Alpine foothills for exhibition in Munich.
A gigantic format from any perspective – and a gigantic reason for you to help out!