I started to take pictures with my grandfather's camera when I was 12, developed and printed in the lab self-taught, experimented a lot also during art-school and still enjoy using photography as a main medium. Therefor I consider myself more as an artist than a photographer. And since I'm teaching photography I still learn new ways of perception through my students, which is very inspiring as well.
My way of working with the medium is not merely a classical one, but I'm interested what lies behind the surface of a plane picture, what photography as a medium inhabits, what is possible and where the limits are.
Since photography in itself is a rather limited medium I often mix medias and explore boundaries of imaging combining digital photographs from the web with scanned cut-outs from magazines and analogue images either from my archive or found images from flee markets.
Some series are simple photographs within a contextual concept which often appear as if digitally manipulated but aren't.
My inspiration either comes from philosophical, political, scientific or cultural sources and it takes me usually several years to explore a subject within its wide range and levels and to accomplish work series within the topic.
I wouldn't know how to live a satisfactory life without art and creating it.
This project is an investigation on light, time and space on the one hand within the subject of photography itself and on the other hand on the example of the space mission „Rosetta“.
I have been collecting old deteriorating, fading or double-exposed (glass) negatives illustrating the subject of ephemerality and impermanence.
Images from NASA and ESA depict the journey to the comet 67P, which had been the designation of the mission „Rosetta“ on the search for the primeval soup and the proof of life-molecules within the universe. The whole mission started 1992 and lasted till 2014, when the lander finally touched ground on 67P to gather information. This high-tech mission was developed to answer questions about life on earth.
Pictures of the human body as skin, CTI's or X-rays are included in order to stress the fact that our existence consists of essentially being body. Dated photographs of long changed landscapes merge or coexist with high-tech images of mars or the surface of 67P.
Playing with these juxtapositions I created a visual journey approaching universal questions on life, transiency, time, what remains from our existence and which imprints we leave behind as human beings.
Simultaneously it's a journey through 100 years of technical advancement within photography and space-exploration.
The pictures are named after the 11 scientific instruments and the lander on board of "Rosetta".