Ryan Hopkinson



Starting point for a body of work under the theme ‘Artificial Nature’ in collaboration with Lightning + Kinglyface, the Tornado series has been inspired by my fascination for weather phenomenons and my curiosity about taking weather elements out of context and using them within a controlled environment to integrate them in my work. I worked with Lightning + Kinglyface to establish the delicate balance between a suitable artificial environment and the correct amount of rising smoke. Any slight wind changes in the studio or on the surface affected the vortex and stopped it from forming. Through a painstaking process of trial and error we managed to create twenty tornadoes – all for real and in-camera, each around 4ft in height, all with their own personalities and weight. The delicate nature of our creations stands in strong juxtaposition to nature’s own, but being able to recreate this force of nature and see it up close was mesmerising irrespective of its size and power.

The tornado series was exhibited and on sale at Colette, Paris.

Featured in Creative Review Annual 2012, Its Nice That, iGNANT & Gestalten

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