Simon van Til (1985, Doesburg) focuses on the closely interwoven relationship between photography and reality. He responded with 'Untitled' to Van Gogh's letter from 3 or 4 June 1888.
In that letter, Van Gogh describes subtle transformations of this kind: the sea changing colour and stars becoming precious stones.
‘Against the blue background stars twinkled, bright, greenish, white, light pink – brighter, more glittering, more like precious stones than at home – even in Paris’.
Under special conditions of light and time, mysterious worlds appear.
Van Til’s work focuses on the closely interwoven relationship between photography and reality. Here, by exposing the same film twice in an analogue process, he has created a double image of a 19th-century Chinese porcelain vase. The object has been reduced to its own likeness, a reproduction in a photographic representation, photographed in the dead of night by the light of the full moon.