Marcel Christ: still-life photography and chemistry
Marcel Christ’s approach to still-life photography is truly unique, making his images some of the most recognizable in the industry. Having studied both chemical engineering and photography, Christ blends these two interests to achieve his powerfully dynamic work.
He took his first photographs – a black and white series – while traveling in Prague and from that moment on he switched his studies from chemical engineering to a major in photography at the Academy in Amsterdam. After graduating with honors, Marcel kept his focus on that he is truly passionate about: still-life photography with a twist of chemistry.
His imagery is the outcome of his interest in the unpredictability and surprise of the ingredients he chooses to work with, but through meticulously controlling the studio environment, he finds ways to give life to otherwise inanimate objects, immortalizing a singular moment in time.
“Nothing is accidental – I push the boundaries of the special effects and photographic techniques I’m using to create controlled coincidence.” There is nothing still in his still-life work. Everything moves, jumps and flies, like a memorable single-frame film. Marcel’s images have an unmistakable life-force energy, dynamic and powerful, challenging our concept of this genre.
Images courtesy of Marcel Christ