Director Statement

Under the water surface of every pond or ditch is an unseen world of invisible tiny creatures. They seem to come from another planet, appearing alien with their bizarre shapes and complex structures. There are planet-like organisms such as diatoms and sun-animalcules. Rotifers and water fleas wander through the water. They are completely transparent, so you can see the inner workings of their organs. The diversity of both plant and animal plankton is enormous, as are the numbers in which they occur.

What I find most interesting is that the plankton is very abundant in all waters, but hardly anyone is aware of the presence of the countless creatures, their stunning beauty and the crucial role they play in the ecosystem. Some organisms have been on Earth for many millions of years, sometimes in unchanged form.

This world is only visible through the microscope. Ever since I discovered plankton, I’ve become addicted to it. Every time I go out with my plankton net, I am curious about what I will find and I am always amazed by my finds. Every sea, ditch and lake has its own biotope and there are also major differences per season.

My film is a kind of reverse space journey into the unknown world of the small. That is why I photograph and film everything against a black background (dark field illumination). In recent years I have gained a lot of experience with microscopy, for example by making the film Becoming.

My goal is not to make an educational film or to give scientific explanations, but I want to share my amazement by making an art film. It is a typical project on the edge of art and science.