For two years Tom Jacobi travelled to six continents, searching for archaic landscapes – mystical places that had been shaped over thousands of years by nature, yet they seem timeless, even modern.
By photographing our colourful world at times and places, where there is no colour, the illusion of a colourful reality is being unmasked. No light, no colours. Everything becomes grey. The landscapes unfold their strength and spirituality in front of the beholder.
The grey world from dusk to dawn has been fascinating the human being from the very beginning. Since the figure of the biped appeared in prehistoric darkness, it was drawn to the purity and spirituality of that colourless world. God’s son was wearing grey, the colour of undyed wool, worn by peasants and the poor. According to legend the Jesus Christ was born and resurrected at night, the prophet Muhammad saw the angel Gabriel while he was sleeping, Buddha found enlightenment at dawn.
We strive for the light, but maybe we are really children of the twilight.
Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) never had the intention to paint only with grey, but he gave in: “In the course of my work I have eliminated one colour after another and what has remained is grey, grey, grey!”
In 2014 the English newspaper The Guardian declared grey as the “Colour of the Decade”.
Colours simply are reflected light, individually put together in our brain, a place also called “Grey Matter.” Through the absence of the “Juggler Colour” the planet seems to find peace, just like it might have done long time before our existence.
The project GREY MATTER(S) was shown this year for the very first time at the gallery CAMERA WORK CONTEMPORARY in Berlin. The exhibition is presently touring around the world. The accompanying book can be ordered at Amazon. [Official Website]