I struggle with the edit of these massive amount of pictures that I took these three weeks in the US. There are reasons for that apart from the sheer number. The question is basically: What’s the story you want to tell? Is it a story of America in turmoil, shortly before an election that has already… Continue reading An Edit
This is the press-conference on the opening of the latest installements on this ongoing series of exhibitions. New Photography was started 30 years ago by John Szarkowski when the times were very different: It is nowadays a herculanean attempt to get a grip on what’s going on in photography right now. At least from these remarks, I… Continue reading There Are Too Many Images III: New Photography 2015
“I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do… when I first did it I felt very perverse.” — Diane Arbus I picked up this quote from an Article in the Guardian on Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera. Since I got wasted by that sobering experience that is reading Susan Sontag’s “On Photography,… Continue reading That Naughty Thing
I’ve been on holidays. In the mountains. As I was nurturing my constant shooting-crisis (why shoot? empty pictures? relevance?) that I’ve had for a while now when shooting on the street, working in the solitude and emptiness of the mountains came as quite a relief. So I shot mostly landscape, cows, dead wood. I was… Continue reading Holidays
…or somewhere in between the 60ies and the 70ies, as I got the golden age of the Rolling Stones (Beggar’s Banquet, Exile on Main Street, Sticky Fingers and Goats Head Soup) on constant rotation right now. Sweet Virginia somehow seems to be fitting when temperatures are dangling around 40 degrees Celsius and any conscious attempt… Continue reading Stuck in the 70ies
Now it is no accident that the photographer becomes a photographer any more than the lion tamer becomes a lion tamer. Just as there is a necessary element of hazard in one, in the other is a necessary element of the mechanical. For better or for worse, the destiny of the photographer is bound… Continue reading Valencia, April 2015
Valencia, April 2014 Photography as exploration vs. conceptual photography The first approach makes no assumption about what is there, it is open and waits for the subject to speak for itself. The second attempts to visualize an idea: It is looking into the subject to find an expression for what has already been defined. It uses the… Continue reading Windows or Mirrors?
Here I go, back and forth: Not photographing people comes more natural to me; it always takes a conscious effort to invade other peoples privacy. I shy away and resort to images void of people. Taking a picture of someone is a very intimate undertaking. I often shy away, I am often afraid. I end up with… Continue reading Landscape Is Changing