Damion Berger’s Painterly “Vessels”

June 20, 2014

In his photographic series “Vessels”, Damion Berger uses long exposures to photograph the nighttime light emissions of yachts and cruise ships at anchor offshore in the Mediterranean Sea. Berger’s images not only capture the light from the ships, but also the light reflected off the water, the light of the moon, and nearby fireworks. Because of the long exposure, the movement of the light creates a painterly composition that beautifully abstracts the scene. Berger then transforms the photographs into negatives so that the areas of light appear dark and the night darkness appears light, further abstracting each image and drawing in the viewer with the fluidity of each composition. 

text by Canbra Hodsdon