Markus Kaesler (Germany) – Argentique pinhole photography @ Pinhole Atelier

markus kaesler

Markus Kaesler was born in Essen/ GER in 1977. He is based in Heidelberg and works worldwide. His main photographical issues include stage photography as well as free artistic works. Most of his work are long term projects.

crossing cities is a visual melting pot of cities. It links pairs of cities in different countries and unites them in a unique photographic way; one part of the pinhole images is taken in one city, the other part in its corresponding. On the same sheet of film. Every place has its very own character, determined by cultural values, religion and geographical settings. Keeping this in mind, the overlaying of cities in two different countries into a series of images that contains essential parts of both places does not only mean the physical crossing of borders. By using a technique of twisted double exposures, images are created that may be looked at from both sides. Depending on whichever side you look at, you may focus on different patterns of the image. And oversee others. The diversity of the places is shown in the same way as new ties are revealed. New forms and structures become visible, while the specific character of the places remains. The previous known adds up and leeds to the unknown. The exposures float into each other. A kind of in between appears.

gigapolis – Attracted by the dynamic pulsation of the cities, people float like magic into the big cities all around the globe. Driven by their hopes and dreams that they hope to be fulfilled in those gigantic the urban centers. Every single day these expectations cover this endless growing bulk of traffic and architecture. This closely interlocked tie of structure and chaos, that floats like a sea of concrete and steel over the earth’s surface. A constantly changing biosphere, a never ending circle of decay and reconstruction. A circle of live. With every single inhabitant more, the question of aesthetics capitulates more under the diktate of pure size.

„in between“ shows the space between two places. The whole time of a journey banned on light sensitive paper. You see the resulting light traces that are painted on light sensitive paper during its journey crossing borders of countries and continents. The exposure starts in one country and ends in another. What you see is the “ in between“. Why do I care so much about the materials I use ? If you consider photography as a storytelling art, you will recognize that the used material is part of the story. It makes a difference if a sheet of light sensitive paper actually has traveled thousands of miles while being exposed or if its just a piece of paper where the visual impression of a voyage is printed on. Some may say, that for the final visible impression it doesn’t matter how an image has been created. I oppose this, that the creating process is part of the resulting work. The true story may only be told by the one who experienced it.