Christian Meermann

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Abstract Experiments

Published July 18th, 2013

I am fascinated by abstract photography because it opens up a whole new dimension of photo subjects and requires an entirely different way of seeing. That said, I am a bloody beginner and humble student. I hope you like my work anyway.

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On the photographic lie

Published July 4th, 2012

There are many ways on viewing photography. You all know this and I don't need to lecture you. The range spans from street photography, the instantaneous snapshot of the moment, direct and immediate, and creative montages that are put together from fragments of reality with the intention of creating something new and often impossible. Much has been written on how a photo has been written on how the artist's view of things is always a part of the image and how much the equipment that was used can impact an image. But all of this has its focus on the photographer's side of things. I have not found as much on the viewer's influence on the construction of photographic reality. I am talking about the story a photo is supposed to tell. Often enough, this story is made up by the viewer, often enough in a way different than originally intended by the artist. The following four images illustrate what I mean. Read the notes on the images for a (hopefully clearer) understanding of what I mean.

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Eye Contact

Published May 6th, 2012

I realized today that many of my recent animal shots show animals that look (almost) straight into the viewer's eyes. I find that this adds an enormous depth to the image because it adds so much personality and yes, even soul to the animals. Suddenly, they are more than fierce and dangerous or cute and cuddly beings. When I look into their eyes, I realize they are respectable creatures with their own perception of the world - which is not necessarily primitive and mindless. On the contrary.

So far, the focus the eye contact has been coincidental, but having come to the above conclusions I will consciously try to shoot more eye contact photos. I am looking forward to exploring where this might take me.

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