Construction Site

291-31In the course of the years, a lot of content has sunk into this blog’s past. While I can let go of some posts without looking back, others still feel valid.

The first idea for excavating older pictures was the introduction of pages. But after discussing design at the Community Pool a homepage with a blog attached to it seemed like a logical step. It puts a bit more emphasis on getting to the pictures.

Plus, I love this theme: Its four column grid is very easy to work with and it offers very clear navigation.

While I think the general idea is already visible, there is still some work ahead of me: Adding featured images to the blogs, adjusting the headlines where they are too long to fit in one line on the Blog page, and adding to the galleries.

I do hope that you all like the new design and stay tuned. Cheers!

Resolved

289-31290-22This week’s photo theme is “Resolved“, and Sara kindly suggested that the resolution might as well be about our photography: In 2013, I would like to make pictures that are quite abstract – because I just love playing with the pictorial space – yet tell of a story.

So here are pictures I made when I visited the Luftbrücke memorial near Frankfurt Airport. It is my story about a place that reminds us of a transatlantic story (and of a story that tells us how problems can be resolved).

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The Dialectics of Decay (Frankfurt Bonames Airfield)

In her critique of photography Susan Sontag points out that photographers love to depict decay. She links this preference both to a nostalgic view of the world – Roland Barthes points into a similar direction when he says that a photo takes the form of Aorist – and to aestheticizing ‘unworthy’ objects. To her, photographing decay implies marking the decaying object as beautiful. As much as I agree with the link between a photo and the past,  I ask myself if there is not more to photographing decay.

If you roughly distinguish between nature and civilization, decay could be seen as nature (re-)claiming its reign. I am always delighted with finding traces of ‘the tooth of time’ in an urban setting (or on an abandoned army airfield) because they follow laws and principles which are alien to ours.

Photographing these traces superimposes yet another structure: an aesthetic idea. A picture of a decaying object thus accumulates various layers of principles, natural and human. Incompatible as functionality, erosion and the photographer’s own ideas may seem, they are all framed in the image of a decaying object.