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Brian Merriam

Reverse Plasma Formation 4

Limited Edition Photograph
$ 500.00

  • 18 x 12 inches | Edition of 30
  • 24 x 16 inches | Edition of 25
  • 45 x 30 inches | Edition of 15
  • 60 x 40 inches | Edition of 5
  • Black
  • White
  • Natural
  • Unframed
  • Matted
  • Full Bleed
  • N/A


Archival pigment print | 2019

Reverse Plasma Formation was born as an investigation of opposing forces and the duality of positive and negative. Over a couple of weeks in March of 2017 I shot a series of images of the Aurora Borealis in the skies over Iceland. Though a beautiful and other worldly experience, the aurora is a highly documented phenomenon globally. The photosIi returned with left me wanting more. Months later in an attempt to move forward in this concept, I began to question what the opposite of an Aurora would be. The question that began as a random thought experiment became a scientific inquiry, and it worked. I began experimenting with negating the images i had taken of the aurora, and the psychedelic and surreal landscapes of this series began to come forward. Eventually in April of 2018, with the series beginning to take shape, I headed to Alaska to shoot additional photos of the phenomena. The result of this process is something I’m very proud of.


18 x 12 inches

24 x 16 inches

45 x 30 inches

60 x 40 inches


18 x 12 inches

Matted: 25.5 x 19.5 x 1.25 inches

Full Bleed: 19.5 x 13.5 x 1.25

24 x 16 inches

Matted: 32 x 24 x 2 inches

Full Bleed: 26 x 18 x 2 inches

45 x 30 inches

Matted: 53 x 38 x 2 inches

Full Bleed: 47 x 32 x 2 inches

60 x 40 inches

Full Bleed: 62 x 42 x 2


The work comes with a Certification of Authenticity signed and numbered by the Co-Founder of Tappan

Merriam's work, brimming with mystery, seeks to document the forgotten corners, empty roads, and nowhere places of America and beyond.


Brian Merriam

Featured in Vogue, Dwell, Juxtapoz, Domino and The New Yorker, photographer Brian Merriam travels to the most remote parts of the world to capture rarely seen landscapes and celestial phenomena, including the Himalayas, the Aurora Borealis, lush Hawaiian jungles and total solar eclipses.