Who says photos have to be "sharp"? Who says that photos must contain a "representational statement"? And who says that photography is just "the blink of an eye" or even static?
Already during my apprenticeship as a commercial and industrial photographer, the feeling grew in me that the perfect photographing of objective motives, this kind of imagery, can only be a beginning. There had to be another level for me that specifically enables me to express my emotions and subjective perceptions of things with the medium of photography. This claim drives me to this day. And although it was a long way from my first exhibition to my current works, I am far from seeing the end of this journey.
In addition, love and admire the abstract painting and have a strong affinity to the great and little masters of various periods of art. Therefore, it is my endeavor to include these styles in my work and to realize them photographically.
In my current works I work between two worlds. A reinterpretation of Neo-Pictorialism in which the static of static photography faces the dynamics of moving images. Using light and camera techniques, I strive for a symbiosis that unites both worlds in a single image, merging their fragments in form and color into something completely new.
My motives and / or stagings to my works I find in the nature, the industry, the architecture, but also often simply in the studio or even in my kitchen as well as under the toys of my children. I can not explain exactly. It is the mixture of various objects and techniques that come into play in my paintings, as long as it fits my vision and I can be satisfied with it.
Shrill and colorful, mystical or obscure, sometimes loud, sometimes quiet. Just as I see it.
In my works I think "big". They are all designed in a large format, so that prints are largely possible up to a side length of 270 cm.
My works are strictly limited to 20 enlargements
In order to leave the observer of my works completely free to his associations and impressions, I mostly do not name my pictures, but use simple numbers.
1974: Three-month Fotoworkshop at the IGS Cologne Höhenhaus; Main topics: development, enlargement and recording techniques
1981 - 1983: Assistant to Annelies Hazelhoff-Scholtz († 1998), Sarasota, Florida - Dutch photo artist with exhibitions in Europe & USA
1981 - 1983: Advanced Course in Art at Riverview High School Sarasota, Florida; Various group exhibitions (oil, watercolors, drawings, sculptures)
1985 - 1988: 3 year-apprenticeship as a photographer (focus on advertising, industry and architecture photography) in Cologne, germany
1988 - 1990: Freelancer for the magazines "Surf" and "Surf Magazin" as well as the life style magazine „TOP-Cologne"
1995 - 1996: Artistic creative period, preparation of exhibitionobjects
1996: Solo exhibition in the Gallery Haak, Cologne, germany
1996: solo exhibition in the Maritim Cologne, as part of a charity event for children suffering from leukemia; Patron: Mrs. Hannelore Kohl, Organizer: Mrs. Charlotte Feindt
1996 - 2014: Freelance photographer - focus on advertising and industry: layouts, text, graphics, digital artwork, CD, web design
2014 - 2017: Artistic Creation Phase - Development and implementation of new camera and lihting techniques in order of the realization of abstract photographs
10.2017: Signing of the contract with Galerie Ahlemann for representation rights of abstract photographic art
03.2019: Single presentation by Galerie Ahlemann at the Contemporary Art Fair Ruhr in the Zollverein coal mine, Essen, germany
Lives and works in Cologne, germany