There is no way to have Snow Week on the blog without highlighting the work of the Swiss photographer Thomas Flechtner. In his monograph, SNOW, Flechtner depicts the frozen Swiss countryside with stunning clarity:
“Colder”, 1996-2000 by Thomas Flechtner
Flechtner has continued his investigation of snow by creating time-exposure performance photographs. Strapping lights to his skis, Flechtner traverses snowy hills in pre-planned routes for as long as fourteen hours.
Chli Rinderhorn, 1999, Walks, by Thomas Flechtner
This work reminds me of a couple of other artists who’ve combined photography, performance, sculpture and snow.
Originally trained as a sculptor, Tokihiro Sato uses a small flashlight at night (or a mirror during the day) to make pinpoints of light that chart his movement through space. On a couple of occasions he has worked within snowscapes.
#354 Hattachi, 1998 by Tokihiro Sato
Sato’s work is often described as emerging from the conceptual tradition of the earthworks artists. Many of these artists experimented with snow:
Dennis Oppenheim, Annual Rings, 1968
Richard Long, Snow Circle
Perhaps my favorite Goldsworthy project is his Midsummer Snowballs:
I’d love to hear about other artists that don’t just photograph snow, but also play with it.