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
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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
There is a sub genre in photography called "Zen photography"
As Zen is about being aware of the moment, and accepting the moment, and trying to shoot nearly in mediatation
thus Zen photography comes naturally with an empty mind.
It is about
waiting for the moment , intuitvely without think about,
it is about
not planning to much in advance but strive and see what happens.
It is about
not the past or the future
Often it does result in minimalist images, reduced to the essentials!
Often Photographers in that sub genre shot only with a mechanical lens, sometimes even with film
to not rely on the technical side of photography, but on their inutition and their heart.
Here are two zen like images from my practise which you hopefully enjoy
And one totally different, from my beginning of digital photograpy, which I would work out totally different today, but some also need to embrace the status of where some come from!
Sometimes images make me smile
This one emerged from a sun shot...
Suddendly I saw a smile :)
I love it when photography smiles back to me.
Series Energy & Process - Lines of Light __________________________________
The Energy and Process series consists of multi-technique (Photography and PC) image, each is originating from a digital photography, no additional textures or add ons.
The contrast of colors and free forms in those images remind me of elements, energies which react with each other, which seem to be alive in an ongoing process. I create abstract art which shows mundane things transformed into the unknown.
At the end of the day
in the growing tenebrious darkness
the light of the tower shines
like a bastion of light against the darkness of our days.
Built for one exhibition only.
Bound to be scrapped afterwards
It have been the people who saved the tower,
and the people still visit him today
Millions of millions each year.
By their affection and by the attraction of his huge silhouette
the people made the tower THE SYMBOL OF PARIS, the city of love.
But love can not exist without freedom.
And freedom is threatened.
Around the tower
You can notice the threat our society is feeling
the threat which has arisen to our way of life and lives.
Soldiers, police officers, security locks, bars railings all over the place below the tower.
Due to the people
and their affection
has become a symbol that makes it attractive to be attaked by terrorists,
but not to attack the structure of the tower, but more the humans around him.
"How do you defeat terrorism? Do not be terrorized. "
said Salman Rushdie,
But the calculus of the terrorists seems completely works out.
They end our freedom!
And let us cry for security!
For a security that never existed, and never will exist,
because the price of security is freedom!
But for a shabby feeling of security we give our personal freedoms freely away.
Sometimes I think the terrorists have won already more than we really want to believeTitle Text.
Our lives are changing faster than ever before. Everything is under a constant change, and the change does speed up. New technologies, new buisnessmodels, Industry 4.0, digitalisation of our lives. New jobs emerge, old jobs fade away..
And among that we are trying to find orientation. To find out what it right and what's wrong, what's our plan for our life and our why, what we want to achieve and how we want to achieve it.
As everything is changing, we loose our orientation. There are no role models for times like ours. There is no masterplan we can draw out of the cupboard and use..
We only can rely to our own compass, even if we long for lighttowers for role models, for ideas which give us orientation.
About the Series Germany is a diverse country, with many different landscapes, some beauty and bountiful, some barren and harsh - It has high mountains like the alps in the south plains with a far horizons in the north Mountainous areas like black wood forest and rolling hills close to my home. - and many, many sights in between- With this series I want to showing you a bit of the variety of my country - How I do see it in color or black and white. Hope you enjoy