The works "Waggis and Larva" function not only through their bright variety of colours and the typical Basel and Venice carnival subjects, but they also address the symbolism of the mask in the physical or mental sense.
Faces are the individualised characteristics of people and reflect their personal identity and distinguishing features. Masks fulfil many functions such as personality preservation, protection and a boundary against external influences or concealment of one's own thoughts. Masks strengthen us and let us slip into new social roles. The mental attitude of the person is represented in the design of the mask, as if one would finally want to reveal the true self.
We see present moments and actions that are happening at this moment, as a clear picture before our eyes. The images from the series "Moving" describe a transient moment.
We can exactly remember details, shapes and specific elements and also faithfully reproduce them, if necessary. Only over a certain period of time do these memories fade into misty shapes. Pictures break up and merge into each other. Truths vanish in a single moment. Just shadowy forms and feelings remain.
This exact process is reproduced in the works 'Moving', because here the focus is not on a specific detail, but the viewer takes it in in its entirety.
"Who am I?" Every individual is confronted with this question in the course of their life.
The ego, as its own separate identity of a person, appears visually as an individual person. However, our being includes many different personalities, which in turn together form an identity. This diversity of personalities is reflected in "Identity". We see a crowd of people, in which each subject presents itself through certain facial expressions, gestures, posture or body tension. They all represent a current trait, which the unique ego, in the person, carries with him.
"Identity" shows only a part of our complex personality. Through lessons learned or moments experienced, new characters are added, and enrich us.
Psychedelic dream truths are found in the two works of "Colors". The technical as well as artistic engagement with the issue of light and color is clearly in the foreground in these pictures.
Colors affect us in many ways; it informs, mocks, emphazises, confuses or guides. Colors support or overwhelm, cool and warm us. They have the power, that we may experience situational moments differently and evoke emotions in us.
The images "Trees" show us the personal face of the trees. They invite the viewer on a journey to discover a world seen from a macroscopic point of view.
The magnificently coloured and shaped structures of the works also represent the scars of time. Although its bark on closer inspection appears very brittle and coarse, it radiates a very calming effect.
In this photography, a split second shot of a tree is represented. However, the camera is not kept still, but set in motion, moving from top to bottom. Through this technique, the spots of light between the leaves resemble a veil as if one would see curtains behind a reflective window or recognise trees in these reflections.
The resulting illusions put the question of what is true reality in a new light.
Does it conform to a true representation of reality, as we understand it in photography? Photography seems to be something technical and objective. "Illusion" shows that - although no image editing programmes have been used - the photographs present a completely different world, which was actually captured.
Light is energy with enormous speed, about which science tells us that this speed cannot be reached. In these photographs, the aim is to capture this elusive movement and to make light sculptures out of it, as if one would encourage science to look further. The "Lights" images show a world which we cannot perceive with the naked eye. This reality is only revealed through the medium of photography.
The works in the series "Lines" deal with a simple basic element of fine art: Lines. They describe the first motion. They are a cornerstone of design, as they are able to form objects and reshape.
Sometimes the contours are precise and the lines are clearly defined. At other times they are blurred, as if they themselves would want to become a plane.
Lines are tools of design in everyday life. Our entire world view is determined by lines: Architecture, art, design, nature, language, time, etc. They lead us through the labyrinth of life, show directions, warn us of hidden details and accompany us all the way into our subconscious.
The work "Time" shows us the complexity of life in the sense of time relations. The visual compression of events happening in succession symbolises the endless and unstoppable running time stream, in which we find ourselves.
"Time" grants the viewer a glimpse of the notion of the past, the present and the future of the observer in the foreground. The visitor is incorporated into this testimony by means of reflection, and the story depicted is now part of him.
The images "Real Colour" refer to the temporally interdependent influences and effects of visual perception.
We perceive the world and in so doing see a reflection of fact. Materials absorb light and reflect parts of it, so that we see exactly the reverse image of materiality to that which it basically is. We can distinguish nuances of colours by means of light intensity and incidence. Light serves as an information carrier and plays an important role for our conception.
Consequently, we do not see objects as they are, but their reflection.