Gallery Representation:Galerie VU
Since 2006 Ester Vonplon has produced series of photographs which appear to come from a different period and are singular in that they efface beings, places, and objects behind accidents, imperfections, and use effects such as differing grains, soft focusing, monochromatic veils, and sharp contrasts.
Technique is nevertheless of little importance to Ester Vonplon, who uses an intuitive approach. The effects obtained are not explicitly sought after; they are the result of chance and circumstance. They only interest the artist if they enable her – as when using different formats and operating modes within a given series - to express emotions and feelings as faithfully as possible.
Ester Vonplon’s photographs are infused with a deep, subdued melancholy. The artist privileges the highly charged atmospheres conveyed by pictures of rain, snow, and fog. She is sensitive to a mysterious, primitive quality which she finds in nature. Yet she is not in search of a paradise lost. In her work nature is austere and at times threatening, imposing itself on a humanity evoked by ghostly silhouettes and fragile traces. The motif of the ruin runs across all Ester Vonplon’s series. It reveals an acute awareness of the fleetingness of beings and things and an obsession with disappearance.
Swiss photographer Ester Vonplon brought an old Polaroid camera to the Rhine Canyon and created dreamy, ruined images that bring us into a place between mystery and reality.