Dutch artist Berndaut Smilde creates extraordinary works of art: man made clouds suspended within empty spaces.
Using an array of equipment (including 2 smoke machines), Smilde creates each 'Nimbus' which lasts just long enough to be photographed.
Smilde started this series of works in 2010, I first stumbled across an image of one of his clouds in an issue of Wired Magazine, I was struck by the beauty of the image. These clouds like in real life can dissipate as quickly as they form. I think the very temporary nature of the process is stunning allowing the artist to capture a secret moment in time. The artist plans the shots to capture the best natural light, by using abandoned or empty spaces there is also an comment on the impermanence of life.
In many ways the clouds are the least important parts of the images, the architecture and the settings are striking and very impressive. There is an opulence in the rooms / spaces where Smilde takes his photographs, the clouds also add a layer of the ethereal, a strange stillness despite the temporary nature of the nimbus.