Global warming inspired Christopher Dormoy’s timelapse film “Eternal Spring”. Dormoy believes that melting ice can be beautiful and symbolises spring, but also the negative aspects of our climate.
Dormoy’s newest project is an evolution of his work in ice. He has previously experimented with this medium before, with his macro photos of ice crystals as well as a timelapse film that incorporated ice and flowers.
PetaPixel Dormoy explains to that his latest project was inspired in part by global warming. After the success of Black Ice, his last ice-based timelapse was a huge success, Dormoy decided to concentrate more on the medium and experiment with different setups for ice timelapses.
He used a small freezer to film the project in his studio. He claims that he put every bit of ice in the freezer. He would freeze the ice layers and spray water every half an hour to create different effects.
He says that ice reacts differently to temperature and humidity levels and how long it takes for each layer to dry, creating different effects.
Dormoy used his macro set, which included a Venus Laowa 24mm probe, a 105mm macro and his Edelkrone slider, in conjunction with his Nikon Z6.
Each timelapse took approximately one to two hours to shoot. To speed up the melting process, I used a heater and focused on the areas I wanted. Sometimes it was hard to predict how the ice would melt so motorized movements of the camera weren’t always simple to set up.
The lighting in the video was all artificially created and controlled specifically to produce the visual effects in the film.
“The goal was to maintain the highest level of control over the scenes.” He explains that sometimes six sources of led light were needed to cut through the ice. I placed blocks of ice on top each other and then put them in the freezer. The ice formed interesting organic shapes by spraying water three days a week.