PHOTOGRAPHER: KAY ADAM'S "The Global Warming Series"

Kay Adams is an analog photographer based in Germany, where he works as a psychologist during the day, and as an experimental photographer by night. He has a very long history with photography which began in 2005, when he was just 15. During that time Adams was skating mini-ramps and dislocated his ankle. Instead of hanging up his skateboard and abandoning the community he had grown to love, he found a way to contribute and keep hanging with "the cool kids". He did this through digital photography, shooting his local skate scene in his hometown of Erlangen, Germany.

Soon after Adams started his photography adventure, he met a guy who was shooting his skateboard surroundings with an analog 35mm camera. At first, Adams could not understand why this photographer would go through all this effort and trouble to shoot with outdated technology. The photographer invited Adams into his personal darkroom and they spent four hours developing film. After the development session was completed, Adams quickly realized that the four hours he had spent absorbed in photographs had seemed to only last five minutes. On that day, he instantly feel in love with the world of analog photography.

After Adams graduated high school he had a decision to make. He could pursue photography full time and experiment with different film techniques, or he could locate a career that would offer similar possibilities in the professional realm. Choosing the later, Adams still continued to experiment with photography through the late 2000's as he completed his college course work. In 2014, Adams graduated with a Masters Degree in Psychology with a focus on Criminology and Clinical Psychology, and he no longer had to choose between his career and passions. Through his professional life, he has recently been given the opportunity to combine his passion for photography and the science of Psychology by implementing an analog and digital photography project with patients with substance abuse issues at the clinic where he works. The project was implemented as a strength- based approach to common deficit-based therapy. The aim of program is to build and reactive patients' strengths that might help them to live a life without drug abuse and the crimes that follow. Adams photography program gives participates a new and sober way of looking at the world around them and provides them with the confidence that is obtained as they progress in their own photography skills. 

When Adams is not practicing and infusing photography into his career, he stays busy experimenting with it in his personal life. Though he just began his instant film journey a a little over a year ago, he is already making huge impressions on the community. He recently embarked on creating his Global Warming Series, a series of scientific experiments that took "failed" or "wasted" shots from himself and other photographers, and tested them in small scale greenhouses environments. Adams exposes or injects his images with different solutions of bleach and water and places them out in the sun to "develop" in his miniature greenhouse. This process lets the sun do to his images, what we are slowly doing to our planet. After running his experiments, he found that bleach turns film emulsions a hue of green and water leads to bubbles in the layers of the film. He has since tried different variations of his greenhouse to include materials in different combinations like plastic foil, glass plates, and removing the box from the equation entirely.  He soon discovered that nothing yielded better results than a simple plastic sweets box. 

The images resulting from Adam's experiments with his miniature greenhouse effect leave the viewer to absorb a post apocalyptic spectacle filled with orange atmospheric flames, dead and brown vegetation, and fractures in the foundation of our surroundings. Though at first glance, his images are strangely beautiful in their manipulated destruction, the presented scenes represent the hard contrast of our alluring first world consumption-based lifestyle and the painful reality that our actions are already creating a shockingly terrifying world that we barely recognize. Adams Global Warming Series is a walk down future lane and a stunningly beautiful warning to remain conscious of what we expose to our easily manipulated planet. We congratulate Adams in this creation of a truly extraordinary series that pushes our potential future into the forefront of society's collective mind.

Adams' work has already made appearances in Issue 117 of Schwarzweiss MagazinePhotoKlassik III - 2017 and the latest issue of Square Mag, Issue 802 and has been featured by several on-line platforms, including the Impossible Project Magazine, The Phoblogapher, and Emulsive. He is also set to appear in Optiko Zines' Annual Photography Journal later this year. Adams is also a writer at Analog4You, a German photography outlet aimed at young photographers where they mix artist interviews, photo series, tips, literature, and reviews.  

You can connect with Kay Adams on Instagram, and on his website!


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Michael Behlen is a photography enthusiast from Fresno, CA. He works in finance and spends his free time shooting instant film and seeing live music, usually a combination of the two. He is the founder of PRYME Editions. Connect with Michael Behlen on his Website and on Instagram!