Indoor clouds make unique pictures

A Dutch artist has used a recreated European royal palace interior in San Francisco for the latest in his series of photographs of indoor clouds.

Berndnaut Smilde  creates his indoor clouds using a smoke machine.

To achieve the effect he adjusts the humidity of the room by spraying water, and reduces the temperature – allowing the smoke to take a cloud-like shape for just long enough to be photographed before it

“It has to be cold, damp and really wet, so I’m moisturising the air as much as possible,” Smilde said. “The moisture will stick to the smoke, making it heavier.

“I cannot really control the cloud – it’s different every time. So, I create hundreds and hundreds and select just one to be the (final photographed) work,” Smilde said.

The clouds were created at the Nimbus Green Room, part of the San Francisco Performing Arts and War Memorial Center, which is modeled on the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles, France.


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