»Nova Noir« means ‘black star’ and is inspired by the monumental, biblical phrase of Genesis 3:19: “for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return” also known of the English burial service: “earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust”. The photos show soil of former Bavarian battlefields which I took from the fields of the photoseries »At the battlefield«. On this soil many people fought for their lives. Blood shed upon this ground, turning life into dust and earth.
I took the soil from the battlefields and photographed it in a studio through a pipe. The interplay of light and shadow create the suggestion of celestial bodies. Each image depict a life stage of a star until it burns out and collapses. This collapsing process links to both the series »C6« and »Black holes«. Carbon (C6) as well as a black hole are formed wenn a large star, a supernova, implodes at its life end.