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Christian Rocas

My first exposure to photography was in my childhood when I got my first pocket camera. In the beginning I did not do very much with it, except for some random snapshots. The idea that the camera can be used as a means of expression, such as canvas and brush, did not yet come to me.

Only much later, by the end of the 90s – when I called my first SLR my own – I began to choose my motifs more carefully (initially rather typical tourist landscape photographs).

As long as I can remember I’ve always been a visually oriented person for whom words or numbers are too abstract, yet my drawing or painting skills were rather lousy. However, it still should take many years until I gradually began to see the camera as an instrument for the realisation of the pictures in my head.

Today I am still at the beginning of this development.

My motifs are strongly influenced by a melancholic or contemplative basic mood and reflect loneliness, disorientation and isolation. Urban sceneries, partly with single individuals lost in it, long corridors, streets or paths, the end point of which runs in nowhere.

As a film geek the works of filmmakers like David Lynch, Ridley Scott or Alfred Hitchcock had an enormous impression on me. These, in turn, were themselves strongly influenced by Edward Hopper’s paintings.
So if my photos look more like still images from a movie rather than a photographies then I did a good job and reached my goal.

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