"THE LIFESPAN OF a typical Berndnaut Smilde sculpture is 10 seconds—just long enough to be photographed...His materials are little more than smoke and water vapor, and the results vary with the size and temperature of the location....Smilde makes perfect miniature clouds in a diverse array of indoor locations, from coal mines to cathedrals."
Berndaut Smilde creates indoor clouds using a combination of humidity, a cold room, and a smoke machine. Rarely does he make a cloud more than six feet wide, so that they do not dissipate quickly. "I like a cloud to be dense, with a lot of texture," he says. He might make as many as 100 clouds in order to photograph "the one" - and the results are stunning.
Read more about the work and methods of Berndaut Smilde on the links below. In a world of special effects post production, these surreal clouds are startling by virtue of their authenticity.
Commission for Harpers Bazaar September issue 2013
In collaboration with Simon Procter
Karl Lagerfeld, Donatella Versace, Alber Elbaz and Dolce & Gabbana.
photos: Simon Procter.
Berndaut Smilde's website:
discussing his work: