Year by year it seems that time is running in a circle - from the New Year to Silvester eve and again from New Year.
But like in the labyrinth there is a beginning of this cyle and there is an end.
We start in those circles when we are born and we end when we once leave this world. The circles in between are the time of your life.
The only thing is: we don't know how much time we will have.
So we should use your times wisely.
What could this mean?
For me it does mean to connect to other humans, to learn new things and be open for new things. Using my time wisely means for me to not destroy things but create things. To not keep people small but enable people to grow,
to not leave traces in history but to to leave traces in other people.
Series: Energy & Process
More can be found here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/oDyZX
or on my Website: http://www.heikomahr-photography.co
The abstract images in the "The Energy & Process" series all originated as digital photographs.
Many are digitally processed.
My work is all original, except by way of inspiration from abstract expressionist artists of the
1950s, such as Pollock, Rothko or of Cy Twombly, and others. As I work with the shifting (or varying) colors and fluctuating (or free) forms in these images,
I am reminded of the interaction between elements and energy. Color and form come alive in my imagination and become a part of the ongoing process of life. Abstract images are my way of showing how mundane things can be transformed into mystery; a mystery that calls each of us
to explore, discover and embrace in their own way. If you are interested to see more you can aquire my Book "From Energy and Impression"
Now, the season close to christmas is also the season to make a resume of the year.
Was it a good year? Yes it was, a more or less good way. Still peace around my family and me, and freedom, and a job and income, but on smaller scales there always sorrows and pains.
For my photography it was a good year as I did dare to make my first exhibition.
Was it a strange year? Oh yes, definitely. It seem to run faster then any other year before and the routine of the last years have been busted and void.
But it paved the way for new experiences good and bad, stunning and some some won't to repeat.
For my photography it was strange as it was the first time for years with not so much presence at G+ and also I did felt having not so much time for photography at all, but I did shot more than in the last years, in new techniques which found just lately and still trying to master.
This website I do run now for more or less a year, now and also this project was great and strange to do.
Great to build an own presence but also strange as it did take some time to find a direction I want to use this home platform for.
So how has your year been for your photography?
2017- Renningen - Autumn Tree with Multiple exposure
Bäume sind ein Motiv, dass sich, in verschiedensten Formen, durch meine gesamte fotografische Arbeit zieht.
Ob eingebettet in Landschaften oder nur Zweige und Blätter,
ob klassisch scharf fotografier, oder unscharf mit Anleihen von Impressionismus und Postimpressionismus oder minimalistisch inspiriert von der japanischen Ästhetik des Wabi-Sabi, finden sich Bäume in den unterschiedlichsten Variationen.
Bäume haben eine Bedeutung für mich, für mich symbolisieren sie etwas wichtiges - so wichtig, das ich seit Jahren nicht aufhören kann Bäume zu fotografieren. Was genau sie symbolisieren - darauf gibt es viele Antworten.
Als Lebewesen das in zwei Elementen - der Erde und dem Himmel wächst, hat ein Baum besonderen Qualitäten, die das Übernatürliche ansprechen und so z.B. als Baum unter dem Bhudda seine Erleuchtung gefunden hat, oder Yggdrasil dem Weltenbaum . Im Boden tief verwurzelt, wachsen Bäume in den Himmel, breiten ihre Zweige und ihre Wurzeln aus und tragen manchmal Früchte. Immer wieder sieht man Bäume mit toten Ästen, oder welche die vom Blitz getroffen wurden oder vom Sturm gestürzt wurden und trotzdem weiterwachsen und wir und wir bewundern sie für ihre Stärke, für ihren Willen und ihre Hartnäckigkeit und für die Hoffnung.
Denn nicht zuletzt zeigen uns Bäume wie auch nach langem Winter das Leben jedes Jahr neu beginnen kann.
Hermann Hesse hat es so ausgedrückt:
"Bäume sind Heiligtümer. Wer mit ihnen zu sprechen, wer ihnen zuzuhören weiß, der erfährt die Wahrheit. Sie predigen nicht Lehren und Rezepte, sie predigen, um das Einzelne unbekümmert, das Urgesetz des Lebens. "
Trees are a motif that, in various forms, runs like a golden thread through my entire photographic work.
Whether embedded in landscapes or just twigs and leaves,
whether classically sharply photographed, or blurred with borrowings from impressionism and post-impressionism, or minimalistically inspired by the Japanese aesthetics of Wabi-Sabi, trees can be found in a wide variety of variations.
Trees have a meaning for me, for me they symbolize something important - so important that I can not stop photographing trees for years. What exactly they symbolize - there are many answers.
As living things grow in two elements - the earth and the sky, a tree has special qualities that appeal to the supernatural. Just think about that Bhudda did found enlightmend under a tree or Yggdrasil the World Tree from Nordish sagas.
Deeply rooted in the ground, trees growing into the sky, spreading their branches and roots and sometimes bearing fruits.
Again and again we see trees with dead branches, or those who were struck by lightning or were toppled by storms but are still growing
Those are trees which admire for their strength, for their will and tenacity and for their hope.
After all, trees, as well as after a long winter, can start life anew every year.
Hermann Hesse put it this way:
"Trees are sanctuaries, those who speak with them, those who know how to listen to them, they learn the truth, they do not preach doctrines and formulas, they preach, carefree to the individual, the primal law of life."
Schattenschnitt / Shadouette, Heimheim,2014
Anrufung des Winters /Invocation of Winter, Renningen, 2016
© Heiko Mahr, 2014, 2016
My first solo exhibition: "From the Poetry of the Trees" is running in Heimsheim, in the public libary from the 14th of November to the 19th of January.
Current Work and Musings about photography
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