The photographic project Hypothesis by Henrik Spohler addresses the world of science and research in analytical, documentary images and poses questions about our relationship to nature and the environment. His photographs show experiments and scientific facilities on the edge of what is technically feasible. The photo essay with approx. 50 images are divided into four sections: The chapter “Time” deals with geological time, time measurement and the existence of the universe. The chapter “Space” shows, among other things, satellites or observatories that look into the depths of space. “Matter” provides insights into research on the smallest parts of nature and “Life” deals with basic research on animal and plant organisms and humans. The four topics complement each other and create a photo series with its very own cosmos—a pictorial mega-laboratory that is partly detached from the outside world and obeys a single goal without any concrete specification: to provide the world of tomorrow with new insights. In a world where it has become politically possible to ignore or even negate scientific findings, the Hypothesis project uses documentary photography to show a complex and highly developed scientific system as the basis for an enlightened and future-minded society.
About the artist at Hartmann Projects
Freundeskreis des Hauses der Photografie – Video-interview (in German) between Henrik Spohler and Ulrich Rüther