German photographer Birgit Krause photographs the environments and atmospheres of seemingly distant planets and universes for her book Plánētes. While the images are actually of contemporary Earthly objects and places, her photographs, which dance between scientific and artistic styles, don't reveal much in terms of actual subject matter. Some images offer ethereal views of distant galaxies while others appear to show the cold lunar surface.
The title 'Plánētes' is derived from the Greek word for 'roamers' or 'wanderers', and through it, she makes the case that we are taking a wandering tour of the universe. While the photos of planets and stars are printed on white papers, they are interspersed with stark, matte black papers, standing in for the great spaces of universal nothingness, the long landscape views along our walk. Printed nearly invisibly onto some of those black pages are also portraits Krause has taken of statues of Greek gods. The experience is then, as she expressed succinctly to GUP, “You take a walk through the cosmos, and sometimes you see a god."
Plánētes is a self-published book, and is actually the diploma project of Krause's photographic studies at Ostkreuzschule in Berlin. Developed in collaboration with book designer Björn Schmidt, however, the finished product is manicured with perfectionist detail, with excellent decisions regarding layout and stylistic elements, and a fine choice of materials, ultimately expressing a strong command of the medium of photobook-making.
Plánētes has been published in a numbered and limited edition of only 100 copies and is available for sale from Raum der Publikation.