Sunday, April 19, 2009

Hangover from a "Bilder einer Ausstellung"

D300 - 300 mm, 1/250 sec f/4.0, ISO 1250

The boundary between photography, painting and dream has seldom been as blurred as in the recent exhibition (Seravezza, Italy, April 4th - June 7th, 2009) by Anke Merzbach. I must say it was my first approach to her work and I found it rather disturbing. Her very personal approach to photography and her superb technique in processing images cannot go unnoticed. This picture here is a very personal remake of her style, based on my memories of the event.


  1. Mannaggia a te!!! :D è semplicemente stupenda...altro che la tedesca!!! :D che invidia...bravo.

  2. grazie grazie :-) troppo gentile. la prox settimana ti faccio vedere come si fa... non e' dificilissimo.

  3. Terrific sense of the real mixed with the surreal. It captures the idea of a dream in a moment. Very well done!!

  4. Thanks Strawberry girl. If you happened to click on the artist's link I'm sure you would understand how peculiar could her exposition have been. This simple interpretation of mine is only an exercise, but thank you anyway for your kind words.

  5. Hello Andrea, I have not been able to comment on your blog prior to this. I just solved the problem! This is a very interesting photo. I like the contrast of her pale skin to the darkness that she is observing.

    I also checked out the link to Anke Merzbach. I have never seen her work before. It is strange and thought-provoking. I enjoy contemplating artistic photography such as this. Thank you for sharing!


  6. Hello back Robin :-) nice to see you up and running again.
    I saw the exposition with a couple of friends and there was quite a discussion on Merzbach's work. Surely it's not simply photography she's doing and her motives are not easy to grasp. I agree it's thought provoking, to say the least. I surely couldn't understand the complex symbolism in her pictures but her technique left me almost speechless. This is why I tried to (hopelessly) reproduce her style. It was simply an exercise to try and experiment with photography. This picture of mine is heavily postprocessed following the memories and flashes I remembered of her exposition.
    What is photography then? how far can one go with image manipulation? is there anything "illicit"?

  7. You pose some interesting questions here. I think the error would come in trying to pass off a manipulated photo as fact. Other than that, I see photography, as well as digital manipulation, as the creative expression of the photographer, much like a film is the creative point of view of the director. ~R

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