Man With a Book

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When I think of pictures, I often think of lines – outlining the shape of an object, or adding up to shades of gray in a hatching. Michelangelo, however, thought that there were no lines in nature; there are only surfaces. And from a photographic point of view, he is spot-on: Photography gives us a unique chance to present surfaces with relatively little effort. Maybe that’s why I like photographing stone so much.

My contribution for this week’s photo challenge – culture – shows a statue by F. Schaper (dated 1904/05) representing Gustav Freytag, a German homme des lettres.

15 thoughts on “Man With a Book”

    1. Coincidence! I am presently exploring monuments with my camera, and I got fed up with all those war heroes. Hence I deliberately tried to ‘nail’ some writers – so far, I only found Goethe, Schiller, Dostoevsky, and Freytag.

  1. Heraclitus said “Men who wish to know about the World must learn about it in its particular details”…I see you can abstract a whole life of a man in 3 details: a book, a fold of a coat…I love it!

  2. I like these shots a lot. I’ve often taken shots of sculpture but with limited success. I agree with your point about the importance of surfaces – but don’t entirely agree with Michelangelo. What works for me is the interaction of line and surface – shape and texture. That’s what I see in these compositions.

    1. Thank you, Judith – I was wandering how you would respond to the first picture when you posted it (I actually thought you might like it).

  3. I discovered your blog today and admire your work – the combination of representation, abstraction and minimalism. A few years ago I took an interest in photography as a hobby, and I look at accomplished photographers’ work for inspiration and education. Your work is far ahead of anything I can produce now, or perhaps ever, but I look and learn, and I attempt creativity in my own little way. I will visit your site again. Kind regards.

    1. Thank you very much, Patricia. I frankly do not know what to say … Photography is my hobby, too, and I think I am far from accomplished. And by no means “ahead of you”, as a quick look at your blog already taught me!

    2. Thank you, tms, for visiting my blog. It was very kind of you to take the time to do so. I truly find your images unique, artful, and inspirational. Best Wishes.

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