The Arctic – Time Change – Gautier Deblonde

From the series Arctic by Gautier Deblonde

I came across the work of Gautier Deblonde by way of Granta 101 in a photographic essay: “The Arctic”.    (The series “Voyage to Spitsbergen” can be seen on the site – nbpictures – and it is worth checking out…)The photographs in the series (Arctic) are meant to “serve as a reminder to people that our climate is changing, and that without a doubt it will affect them personally and profoundly, wherever they live. “

From the series Artic by Gautier Deblonde

From the series Arctic by Gautier Deblonde

I appreciate the sense of time in the photographs above. Why would one live up above the Arctic Circle these days – except in search of something – Oil? Natural Gas? – Scientists studying the ice? What has happened to this train?  Why is it here – and abandoned in this way – this place called the Spitsbergen ?  Near to the summer solstice as we are right now… with our sunrise / sunsets so early and late – seemingly – I’m trying hard to imagine what it must feel like to be in perpetual daylight for some 2 months straight in “Midsummer” – or the opposite – darkness in “Midwinter”…

How attuned to the natural rhythms of the day are we anymore?

Camera Consciousness… Tilt / Pan / Shift

From the prolific posting over on Conscientious – I managed to catch a glimpse of work by Jan Stradtmann – which is quite nice.

From the series “Sprotta” by Jan Stradtmann

In particular I was drawn to the series “Sprotta”. It is refreshing (and yet perhaps too much explanation) to read the artists statement:

“I stayed for four months in the East German village Sprotta. A world that seems full of harmony and domestic activity was questioned on a subtle way by me, the photographer. I was stimulated by the theme of a world that seems very much in a proper state, where everyone has his or her place and duty. The shown pictures appeal to the fantasy of the observer and leave enough space for the imagination. So there is the analytic moment in the foreground. I get in contact with the world, organize it and formulate the result in a picture. As an author I hold myself back and report about people. This is the result of an own fiction, a construction about life which I tried to display with its human abyss. With a small distracting moment the pictures become a surreal tilt that initiates thinking about it. I move between the line of documentation and construction in this way of photographic presentation. The protagonists act unreal and like a freeze image in a movie. Sprotta pauses for a moment and becomes in the verification of its own existence a symbol of a country that manifests itself in its non representation of anxieties, dreams and wishes.”

I say it is refreshing because the artist clearly lays out the consciousness of the photographs. Too much explanation can however can kill the experience of discovery when looking… it is a delicate balance.

Still – very beautiful subtle images.

Images from “To Combine Things Together” by Jan Stradtmann.

The other series that is ongoing that caught my eye is simply “To Combine things Together” which I find very subtle and rich – I come away with a heighten awareness of timing and position… wishing I could see the next event, or shift my feet a bit to see a little more – nice and titillating. The manipulation of space and time – shifting and compression in the photograph is something that is very wonderful to compare.

Careful attention – Christian Gieraths

from series B-66 Low-Bucuresti
friseursalon 1
2003 – © Christian Gieraths & GALERIE POLLER
It is amazing to see the control and composition in Gieraths photographs. So even, so carefully color toned. Crafted images in so many ways.
I wonder about the barber / beauty shop photograph…..Is this an extension of all the beauty shop pictures before? I’m not sure that it is – empty.
from series B 66 Low-Bucuresti
wand schwermetall
2003 – © Christian Gieraths & GALERIE POLLER
Tracings… beautiful….
I wonder about the influences of Thomas Ruff…. ?
A tough question to ask yourself…. in developing a voice… an image…. a signature style.