Cologne Cathedral Lumen Fidei – Photo-Qubits
From a light-mystical perspective, Cologne Cathedral, a major work of cathedral Gothic, whose walls are largely dissolved in glass, is attributed a very special light sound – created by the partly pastel, partly white-and-silver color of the cathedral windows with their religious imagery. The photographic interest of the light designer Wolfgang Weiss (* 1956) is in the transcendent light reality of the cathedral, with the intention of transforming this transcendent light effect in the space of the cathedral of light into new pictorial creations.
To capture this light reality – not the real cathedral window directly – photographically from a spiritual as well as from a scientific perspective, has moved Wolfgang Weiss to the series ‘Lumen Fidei’, in which he works with undulating curved mirrors in which the cathedral windows are mirror images in a previously invisible new reality – like an echo – to show. “The moment the image occurs in the curved mirror is what I’m looking for,” says Weiss.
Unraveling whether the new image creation is contaminated by the original story of the translucent glass and its light mysticism is the challenge to uncover the real secret of the images – a search for the incomprehensible and impulsive secret of the creation light in the cathedral and in yourself.
With his curved mirrors, Wolfgang Weiss created a new visual language called photo qubits for contemporary photography: a poetic approach to the effect behind reality.