/ Member Artist Pages Artist/Photographer Member Rudolf Rechenmacher
I regard photographing as an equivalent to writing poetry. Poetry is reduction, condensation, concentration. I started my photographing process by reducing the means of expression.
I do not need the options digital photography is offering, I stick to films and paper.
I believe colour photography requires a mastery of sight and an ability to handle complexity I do not have so I keep my pictures black and white.
I disciplined myself in taking vertical pictures only. As with medieval architectural structures the eye is impelled to follow an upwards, skywards movement. As with my writing, my pictures react to a general sense of loss.
Born in Germany, learned the traditional trade of porcelain painting;
studied art history, philosophy and languages;
international management positions in publishing, frequent travels across Europe and India;
interested in traditional photographic processes, i.e. pinhole cameras, pack and roll films, polaroids; fine art photography in black and white;
lives in Stuttgart.
About the Series
Black Flowers is a series I did with an SX 70 Polaroid camera, using Impossible 600 black-and-white film. I painted the flowers black with metallic spray paint and photographed them in artificial light.
Books Fire started rather by coincidence. At a time when I needed to get rid of many things, I began throwing away my books. I’d take some along on trekking or cycle tours and left them in the open field. Others I threw into ponds and creeks or into fire. Their reaction to such exposure, their resilience seemed to add to the poetic content.
The Black-and-White Attacks on Landscapes are prints on 4x6 photo paper which I rubbed and pressed into various black-and-white materials.