Heliogram Series, 2013
Sunlight and Silver Gelatin on paper, 48" x 32"
The Heliogram Series was created in the high desert of Joshua Tree, California and is informed by the writings of the 16th century mystic, Jakob Böhme. In order to collect the desert’s intense light, Melman converted a 500sq/ft container into a giant pinhole camera. At daybreak, when the angle of the sun’s rays were the most concentrated through the camera's aperture, Melman performed a sequence of ritualistic actions, captured as a series of unique, 7-minute exposures.