manufacturer in Liverpool, repurposed some X-ray film backs he got from America,
bought lenses from Schneider in Germany, and purchased custom-cut black-and-white film from Forte in Hungary, a company that’s now defunct.
The format “demands a very big subject,” Meyer says. As he was experimenting
with the camera he also realized he “needed to look for verticals of interest on the
horizon that didn’t move, because I was doing exposures from four seconds to 16
minutes.” This led him to look for forests in Africa, which he thought would be easy
to find. “As I began looking for these places, sort of magical reality African settings,
I began to realize that there weren’t that many left,” Meyer explains. “So I started
doing a lot of research.”
The stunning detail in Meyer’s
large-format images allows
viewers to appreciate the beauty
of disappearing primary forests in
equatorial Africa and Southeast
Asia, and to consider the tragedy
of their impending loss.
He ended up in Africa’s equatorial forests. Once
there, “I started to see massive environmental destruction,” Meyer recalls. “I saw it naturally, I wasn’t
really aware of it, and I began to realize it when I was
in these places and I saw the [logging] trucks going
by. It was a strange thing.” As Meyer investigated the
subject he realized the value of documenting these
forests before they disappear.
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