January 04, 2015

Visit Gerhard Richter

Just came back from the exhibition "Ausschnitt" (probably best translated in this context with "Extract") in the Neue Museum in Nuremberg. It shows a good selection of Gerhard Richter's work starting with a series of 31 monotypes (prints) from 1957 (see below) and 27 other images both figurative and abstract up until 2003. (As usual you can click through the images below to get to the large originals on flickr; just use "view all sizes" there).

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An interesting aspect of his work is that he often used photographies (his own or from magazines) as original from which he painted. These images show a characteristic haziness like a blurred photo, which makes it quite obvious that the images were painted after a photo and not after a real life scene.

Sometimes Gerhard Richter covered those photographic images with an abstract layer of paint with only parts of the "original" image shining through. All-in-all a very interesting discourse about photography and painting making you think about the relationship of both art-forms.

Here's another picture from the exhibition showing other works:

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The exhibition is open until February 22nd. Highly recommended!

January 01, 2015

Abstract Pattern

I didn't notice them but my wife had a keen eye for these patterns. We shot a whole series of these and the following is my favorite: it shows some repeating structures without being geometrically perfect and I like the fade-out of focus to the right which makes it look like a receding wall - which it isn't.
Developed in black and white (but there was not much color to begin with) it remembered me a bit of some paintings by Gerhard Richter we just visited before in the Neue Museum in Nuremberg.

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December 14, 2014

Inverted Inversion

I finally did my first test of an idea, that I was entertaining for some time now: What would the world look upside-down?
So I took a shot with nice turbulent clouds, flipped it upside-down and then inverted the curve to make the bright sky (now at the bottom) look like a dark sea and convert the land into a bright (in this case featureless) sky.
So it's a sort of double inversion - hence the title.
Naturally I had to work with some white-balance tweaks and other manipulations to get the colors up where I wanted them, and that's it.
Unfortunately the power-line gives away the game, but I left it in for two reasons: I was to lazy to clone it out and I wanted at least one clue to remain in the image so that you can find-out for yourself what the original image was.

Enjoy - and expect me to follow up on this idea!

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October 11, 2014

Abstract Selfy

Was experimenting with long-time exposure again - this time in front of a mirror. And naturally moving the camera. On one side it was easier than doing those shots outdoor in bright sunlight as it was no problem to get exposures of 4 to 20 seconds by simply stopping down to f16. But the effect was harder to predict as there was much more time to move the camera and blur the image. And I was not even keeping the camera to my eye during the shot so I had not much control of what it was pointing at and what the camera was seeing.
Some shots came out pretty ghostly with me being half transparent.  Pretty interesting indeed if the background on those ones were not so cluttered. So I picked this one which benefited from using a 135mm lens to isolate myself from the background.
Enjoy!

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September 24, 2014

Another abstract one from Till Augustin

Till Augustin is working with glass in ways I've never seen before and this work has an intrinsic appeal to me. Perhaps it's the duality of the raw glass that he works with and the refined glass that finds its way into optical lenses on my camera...
Be that as it may: this work of him caught my eye and after doing a pretty boring shot angled from slightly above I caught this one that really shows off the beauty of this object:

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Now: this is really abstract!

September 21, 2014

"Auf AEG" again: 2014!

Really, really interesting for all lovers of contemporary art and photography: this weekend was the start but many exhibits and ateliers of the artists can be visited next weekane (27.+28 Sep) too and some are open until Oct. 5th. For more information see here or there.
Fpr photographers there is f/stop (hall 15, don't miss the upper floor!) and the Akademie Galerie by Jürgen Teller & students (hall 13).

Highly recommended!

See an exhibit from one of my favorite artists, Till Augustin. He's mainly working with glass, rust and steel cables.

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September 18, 2014

Is it minimal?

That was really hard work: reading Michael Fried's "Why photography matters as art as never before". But the most interesting part to me were the photos that he selected to make his point about "theatricality". The Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto features quite prominently in Fried's book with two appearances:
  1. Sugimoto's interior shots of film theaters only illuminated by the film projected on the screen - with the added twist that the exposure ran through the entire length of the film.
  2. Sugimoto's "Seascapes" showing black & white shots of the sea with the horizon dividing the image in halve.
The latter images immediately appealed to me in that they are really pretty abstract in their total reduction of color and form. Those images inspired me to see what I can get with a similar setup. I chose some place at the North Sea and used the same lens, same focal length, same position but shot at different times. With the ever changing weather and light being the only variables - and the wind creating more or less waves.

Here's one of the most minimalistic shots I've (ever) captured with the morning mist obscuring the horizon, so even the line that normally defines the horizon is missing from this shot: It's only different shades of gray and some random wave patterns.

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If you 'd like to see all shots from this series, head over here. And don't fret: all of them are less minimalistic than the image above ;-)