Sebastian Mary Tay
“Chromatic Solstice’ is a body of photographs of handcrafted landscapes made of powder, pigment, artificial fog, and light. Having been originated from Singapore, Sebastian studied and lived in Scotland for six years.
The tropical island of Singapore located at the equator has two weathers – sunshine and rain, unlike Scotland’s four seasons, throughout a year. e light in Singapore is of consistent quantity throughout the year, and is different from Scotland’s dramatic long winter darkness and perpetually bright summer skies. As light takes a longer time to reach Scotland, it is stretched and scattered and diffused, which is different from Singapore’s intense and concentrated quality. is body of works was essentially inspired by the theatrical light of Scotland’s skies, observed through the repetitive equinox and solstice cycles.
The construction and photographing process of each images took place over a period of three to seven days, with important considerations placed in the lighting and composition of each landscape structure, in aim of uniting the vocabulary of materials into the spatial singularity of the photographic image: the landscapes provide a theatrical space where the colours manifest, and engage in dialectics amongst each other. The colours, light, composed landscapes consequently assemble themselves as a spatial entity in the embodiment of the fog. The fabrications invite the viewers to embark on a journey of the imaginative, and consequently participate in the positions of an admiring, contemplative being.