“my first attempts to capture these abandoned places failed. So I purchased a tripod and I explored how to take good photographs. “
I grew up in the old German Democratic Republic and now live in jeßnitz, Germany. After the reunification to Germany I became more aware of all the old buildings in my homeland and began exploring these fascinating, historic places. At first without a camera – I didn’t own one. Then years later a friend give me a gift of an old small digicam when he purchased a new one for himself.
It was at this time i fell in love – in love with these remarkable buildings and in love with photography! For the most part, my first attempts to capture these abandoned places failed. So I purchased a tripod and I explored how to take good photographs. I began exploring all the amazing photography now accessible on the web. And this is where I began in October of 2011.
Today I continue on my journey and the buildings I seek out are empty, abandoned and forgotten. I travel far and wide around Europe and must search a great many locations to find those ruins that fit my vision. Its truly a wonder when I come across some great staircase or a setting filled with astounding patterns, textures and historic decay. Through this process I have again fallen in love with old architecture from past masters and am constantly reminded of how everything is impermanent. I am now using a Canon 5D mark II, 16-35mm f/2.8 L lens, and tripod. Most shots are 5 frame HDR and have been minimally processed in Lightroom and Photoshop.
I just had to share Christian’s work and because I don’t speak German and he speaks a small amount of English we had to work together to put this artist statement together for the readers of From 1 Artist 2 Another. I truly believe you will become an instant fan of Christian’s work once you view his gallery and websites. I will be posting several galleries of his work over the next week! Thank you Christian for writing this statement and for sharing your powerful work with us!
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Gallery 5 – Coda
Gallery 4 – Abandoned Part 2
Gallery 3 – Down to the Sea
Gallery 2 -More Abandoned Stairways and Buildings
Gallery 1 – Christian Richter, Abandoned