Berlin - DE
Ron Geipel was born 1975 in West-Berlin and is now based in Berlin and São Paulo. He developed his skills and vision as a photographer in the 90s and presented his works at various events by using modified slide projectors. In 2002, he was fascinated by new digital possibilities that computers offered and began to focus on moving images and digital film. He was working at a motion design studio for big brands. In 2014, he returned to analogue photography. Now he is creating images without digital effects by using analogue film, microorganisms and chemicals.
"In my pictures I show the fascinating organic world of microorganisms and provide a different view to the outdated idea of bacteria as just harbingers of diseases."
Microorganisms have existed longer than mankind. It was through microorganism and other unicellular life forms that complex organisms evolved, and which in turn made human forms of life possible. The human body hosts more bacteria than its own body cells. Bacteria are
incredibly adaptable and usually live with and within us in harmony. Bacteria are also capable of living in the most extreme conditions, from deep sea vents to volcanic springs and geysers. And if life is present in space, it is most likely to be in a unicellular form.
The bacterial world is very complex and is far from being completely understood. But for some reason, bacteria are always associated with negative notions, most often as enemies that need to be eliminated.
The excessive and random use of antibiotics in medicine, and also in industry and farming, is generating one of most pressing threats to mankind. There must be a better way of dealing with this, one that takes into account the complexity of the bacterial world.
The project “Made by Bacteria” shows abstract and complex structures of the organic world created bybacteria and other chemical and organic materials.
The project “Photographs Modified by Bacteria” shows the synergy of classical analogue photographyin combination with organic structures made by microorganisms such as bacteria.