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ECM Covers
© Thomas Wunsch

Thomas Wunsch »

ECM Covers

Exhibition: – 30 May 2010

Stieglitz19

Klapdorp 2
2000 Antwerp

+32 495-515777


www.stieglitz19.be

Fr 16-18 . Sat 14-18 . Sun 14-18

ECM Covers
© Thomas Wunsch

During our lifetime we spend many years traveling. In fact we travel more times than ever before in history due to the opportunities that modern mobility offers us. We pass public spaces and we encouter everyday things as we do so. Many of the time we tend not to notice them. People, trains , trees, shop windows to name a few exemples. These are details we often pay no attention to. But German Photographer Thomas Wunsch does. It is the inconspicious detail he turns his attention to : an ashtray at a train station , the pattern on a rusty barrel, the texture of wet pavement or reflections in a window. This is what Thomas Wunsch highlights in his photographs. And he gives them a special aura. But there is more. Thomas Wunsch makes time visible in his pictures. Time is very valuable, it is our most valuable asset. We try to hang on to moments in time, but one moment is quickly gone and the next one arrives. Time is not visible, untouchable. Time is abstract . Thomas Wunsch is searching for the time and catches it , but he does not freeze it by giving it permanence. The Photographer expands time in space , taking his time. In each of his photographs we see several moments at once, like consecutive frames of a movie fading into each other. He uses long exposure times and physical movement to achieve his goal. In his pictures , spaces lose their outlines and seem to disappear. It is the in - between - spaces that Thomas Wunsch wants to fill out. Shot in slide film, each photograph is scanned and subject to extensive alterations in Photoshop. Thomas Wunsch uses the tools that digital processing offers today like painters use paint, a brush and easel. To him, a slide is only the source material. His photographs show many different subjects and by making those subjects abstract- sometimes beyond recognition ) he gives them a very special aesthetic value. It is in these pictures that we encouter a Kafka - esque sybolism. And a very different kind of emotion. We can get a sense of time-space, movement , security and loneliness. Thomas Wunsch freezes fleeting moments. They are coincidental, not staged. The coincidence is part of his pictures . He is giving rise to the myth of the ordinary. He is also a gentle and discrete observer, yet never voyeuristic. He is also an aesthete. His personal view , his love for the attention to detail and the special processing makes his photographs very distinctive. Looking at those photographs is a very intimate experience for the viewer , because the images stick to the mind. Thomas Wunsch is not a romantic, but his photography display something very magic and mysterious and they have a very rhythmic quality. This, it is not surprising that the German Record Label ECM publishes his photographs. He already has 14 covers on his name with ECM

ECM Covers
© Thomas Wunsch
ECM Covers
© Thomas Wunsch