Cranach’s pool

Cranach’s pool, analog large format and medium format photography, 2018

A series inspired by artist’s disturbing obsession with Lucas Cranach’s painting Fountain of Youth.

The rules of the game go as follows: one must copy Cranach’s pool, move it to another location, trace it on the ground using pins and strings, while maintaining the exact proportions of the pool depicted in the painting. The task is not easy—what emerges in the field looks completely different than on the camera’s matrix, it turns out that perspective is a lie, and one has to contort oneself terribly to ensure the outlined shape has the appropriate proportions. In reality, it stretches across the entire meadow and more than a pool resembles a lying pillar.