Heliogram Series

Sunlight and Silver Gelatin on Archival Paper

height: 48”
width: 32”


Created in the High Desert of Joshua Tree, California, the Heliogram Series is informed by the writings of the 16th century mystic, Jakob Böhme who believed the structure of the universe was revealed to him in a beam of reflected sunlight. In order to collect the desert’s intense light, Melman converted a 500sq/ft container into a giant pinhole camera. At daybreak, when the angle of the sun’s rays were the most concentrated through the camera's aperture, Melman performed a sequence of ritualistic actions, captured as a series of unique, 7-minute exposures.