Thursday, 3 March 2011

Daniel Dueckminor

Daniel Dueckminor
Munich, Germany

Where were the pictures of your set "Space" taken? How did you get there?

Most of the photos were taken during travels through Europe. I got there by car, plane, boat or train, but since I like it some little adventure here and there, I even climbed or roped down to a spot that looked promising.

Which thoughts are behind the title "Space"?

The title seemed adequate for a feeling that sums up this mysterious language nature offers for communication at certain times. Some places emanate an arcane energy, that can be enhanced or channelled by post processing to even reach a baffling cryptic mood. Space  - in terms of the universe - for me is representative for the search of people trying to disclose nature’s yet unsolved secrets.

As many artists, you divide your photographic work into analogue and digital sets. Despite the technique, what do you think are the biggest differences between these two?

Maybe, the emphasis lies on everything that happens before you push the release in analogue photography, whereas in digital photography the emphasis lies on everything that happens after you push the release.
With analogue photography the most interesting challenge for me is to rely on what I see and how I see it. Taking a picture in the right situation and time and is the fun part. The challenge is the actual picture you take, and not what you make out of it afterwards.

You live and study in Germany; are there any places and cities that have a vivid art scene, but are (yet) unknown internationally?

I was lucky to present my work in Düsseldorf a few weeks ago and it definitely offers a vibrant art and music scene.  No wonder that some of the most important ‘kraut’ rock bands emerged from this city. I think that Dresden and Leipzig have great potential, too.

And how is life in Munich? Would you exchange for any other city?

I can only advise everyone to experience Munich in summer. Whilst it is a pretty conservative city during the rest of the year, it somehow transforms into a paradise of relaxation in summer in which it is considered eminently respectable to drink gallons of beer an lie around in the parks. I'd exchange for London and Brisbane, though.

Back to your photographic work, wherein dreaminess, dust, fog, and mystery seem to be reoccurring themes. What inspired you to following these motifs?

To me, dreaminess, dust, fog and mystery are just like an ever-continuing journey into the unknown secrets of nature. There's no end in sight and that's a great motivation to keep on exploring this theme.

Area studies. Take a look at his work!

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