Insomnia

PHOTOBOOK BY MARKUS LEHR


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2017 / 1st edition
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37 photographs
58 pages
29.7×21 cm
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Berlin is one of the most visited cities in Europe, which means – in our age of peak digital imagery – it’s also the most photographed: especially its major sightseeing icons such as the TV Tower, the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag… Yet you won’t find any such sights in this book, since Markus Lehr patiently and deliberately set out to discover an alternative side of the city; one that’s devoid of traffic and tourists, clubs and culture, and represents instead the beauty, peace and stillness of the night.

“Insomnia” comprises a selection of these images taken between 2013 and 2017. Characterised by the compelling synthesis of mood, light and texture that defines Markus’ work ever since, they reveal the city as it is rarely seen – a place where churches, supermarkets and petrol stations are deserted, their isolation exacerbated by the lonely glow of neon and the sodium glare of streetlights. Billboards advertise their wares to no-one; tunnels wait patiently for vehicles; even the cultural treasures of the Museum Island sit empty and forgotten. Markus shows how the city’s infrastructure is democratised at night.

“The size of the city and the diverse cultural and historical background makes Berlin special for night photography,” comments Markus. “I try to construct scenes that reflect the complexity of the location, which is why there are no people – any face or person makes the viewer focus on that instead of the scene. I would rather show the effect of what people are doing instead of the moment when they are there.”

Although there are no people in these images there are tell-tale signs of human activity. Trains streak by the lens like ghosts, creating a dynamic tension between the silence and the sudden rush of transportation, and lights beam tellingly from the interiors of buildings. The natural world creeps in too: trees, bushes and swathes of grass foreground and frame the images, all rendered somewhat unreal by the cinematic quality of the lighting.

The stillness of the photos that lends them a quietude and elegance that’s refreshing and thought-provoking in an era of trigger-happy digital photography. Their patient execution invites the viewer in to relish their intimate details and filmic ambiance. “We are living in a complex world and these images try to embrace it. “There is this rule for photography, that you should reduce a scene and composition to the bare essential,” says Markus. “I am trying to do the opposite.”

Paul Sullivan
April 2017

 

MARKUS LEHR

Markus Lehr studied communication at the University of Arts in Berlin and has been working in the field of marketing and new media ever since. Several notable publications have featured his work and he published his first photography book in December 2013. Markus has also showcased his work at solo and group exhibitions in Berlin, Munich, Paris and Wolverhampton.

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Incidental View

PHOTOBOOK BY ANDY FELTHAM

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2017 / 1st edition
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60 photographs
86 pages
29.7×21 cm
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in·ci·den·tal

/ɪnsɪˈdɛntəl/

adjective

1. happening in connection with or resulting from something more important; casual or fortuitous
2. (postpositive; foll by to) found in connection (with); related (to)
3. (postpositive; foll by upon) caused (by)
4. occasional or minor ⇒ incidental expenses

noun

5. (often plural) an incidental or minor expense, event, or action

in Collins English Dictionary.

 

ANDY FELTHAM

Andy Feltham is a self-taught photographer who lives in Northampton, UK, who also works part-time within the healthcare setting at his local hospital. He has been exhibited in the UK and Italy and featured in numerous publications, both online and in print. He has also been commissioned to work in the commercial as well as the fine art setting.

Feltham seeks to create a tension within each photograph by using meticulous framing, exposure and technique to detach the subject from its surroundings. This lends a subtle disquiet to the underlying themes of beauty, mortality and humour that hallmark his work.

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Brabant, NL

PHOTOBOOK BY THIEU RIEMEN


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2017 / 1st edition
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24 photographs
56 pages
21×29.7 cm
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Brabant is a province in the south of The Netherlands.

The landscape of the Netherlands is a small-scale landscape, it is densely populated, industrialized and crammed with all kind of built objects. The Brabant series shows mainly rural places. These places are almost entirely the result of human behavior and intervention. My photography is an expression of wonder about what motives people to act as they do.

Traces of technology, of industrial and agricultural activities tell me about the use and exploitation of the land. All kind of buildings, materials used, roads, canals, more or less disturbed or cultivated vegetation allow me to see how we have changed, and how we are still changing our surroundings. I explore these gradual and rapid changes in my photographs, sometimes by taking again and again pictures of the same subject and place.

Mood and genius loci
I am usually not very interested in capturing the presence of the landscape in a sort of dry manner; in a more or less objective way as to give a clear record of human actions or to give an image of the exact structure of a location.

Light and weather conditions are clearly very important to me. I have an enormous fascination for light effects. Carefully I try to choose the weather and time of the day (preferably at the end of the day) to take my photographs. Sunny weather with nice blue skies are seldom seen in my pictures; I am far more fascinated by the gloom that comes with nightfall. In addition many times at dusk silence descends on the landscape. The silence at the end of a working day contributes greatly to the atmosphere of a location.

My emphasis on the importance of having particular light and weather conditions is just because of my interest in the experience of a location; I often spend much time on one particular location and I return frequently in different seasons when I feel a special bond with a place. With experiencing a location I mean feeling the distinctive atmosphere or emotion that a location evokes: the genius loci, the ‘spirit of the place’. To me the genius loci is an very meaningful aspect of the landscapes where I wander around with my camera. In capturing the landscape the omnipresent sky is an important means to strengthen the expression of mood of a landscape.

Transience
Another reason why I chose to render a distinct sky in my images, is that the skies for me convey a feeling of transience and impermanence of all human enterprises.

I am always very interested in the history of a location or landscape; I read as much as I can about it and try to imagine how people before our times used and changed the landscape. In my vision the skies – although highly variable and changeable – are the timeless elements in the photographic image. Never the same but substantially not changed since ancient times, thus being eternal in contrast with the volatile earthly things.

 

THIEU RIEMEN

Thieu Riemen (b. 1958) is a fine-art photographer and teacher who lives in Tilburg in the south of The Netherlands. Originally he was educated as a painter at Academie voor Beeldende Vorming Tilburg (Academy of Visual Arts) and art historian at Leiden University. Photography was continuously a part of his visual artwork and profession. The rise of digital photography gave about eight years ago, with his first digital camera, a fresh new boost to his landscape photography.

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