On an island of volcanic origin where beaches are scarce, concrete basins shape the shoreline, creating real ocean pools. It is from these architectures that is born the dreamlike decoration of the first series of images of “Sea Banks”.
By the use of the pinhole camera (small hole serving as a photographic lens), Julia Wellner reveals the swimmers in an almost ghostly light. One can imagine how these characters come out as soon as the high tide fills the basins and disappear as soon as the sea withdraws, once the pools empty. The transparent silhouettes suggest ephemeral presences in a kind of mirage.
Once the latter dissipated, a vaporous atmosphere permeates the ball that comes alive between the silvery blues of the sky and those of the sea, between the moiré white clouds and that of the foam. The eye hovers over this infinite sea and ends up plunging into lines of horizon that glide or merge with those of the sky.
Sensations of waking dream are also found in the third series of exposed images. The photographer is now equipped with a classic camera to exorcise the night. There, she waits to capture enough clarity to fix her visions at night, giving rise to amazing images blurred by the exposure time. It is with great patience that Julia explores the deep black to extract the light first, then the wind on the bushes, salt dissolved in the air, waiting …
Julia Wellner was born in 1969 in Braunschweig, Germany. After several internships in the field of architecture and advertising, she studied photography in Vevey, at the School of Applied Arts. Since 1996, she works as an independent photographer.