Mysterious, mystical-looking pictures take the viewer into magical fantasy worlds. This extraordinary production was created as a commissioned work for the complete bath series Acanto by Keramag / Geberit. People, not products are the focus. With grainy black-and-white shots, Andreas Neumann sets an antipol to the perfection of digital images. For the short film, he relies on the elaborate process with pinhole cameras, with which the development of photography once began.
I am fascinated by the aura of a picture, which was made without technical tools. With all its sources of interferences and the fact that it is partly a matter of chance, what the result looks like, it makes an incredibly honest picture for me which, of course, is in absolute contrast to the digital flood of images nowadays. It is, however, also the process of development with its slowness, so that all my craft activities become part of the work of art. The scenes of the series can be interpreted differently. They allow different viewpoints, so that it is completely with the viewer. Someone might recognize the biblical creation history, Adam and Eve, their expulsion from paradise and their union on earth. Others see a heartfelt love story with conflict and reconciliation. I was also inspired by the fact that for my constituent it means the creation of a new bath series. As I have learned in the co-operation, the production of a bathroom ceramic is still an archaic process. No high-tech machines are used. The ceramics are burned in a furnace as they were a thousand years ago. With the pinhole camera I can communicate this archaic very well. For me, it is an unbelievable attraction to first develop the camera for a photograph, build and test it, rather than just take an existing camera and shot. The scenes have to be rehearsed with the models. They need to be able to take their poses in the dark, because every picture is created in complete darkness. The cameras have no shutter and thus expose continuously. In the dark the film is inserted. The flash acts as a shutter (exposure time), and then everyone has to pause briefly until I have taken the film out of the camera again. In the case of movable objects such as soap bubbles, cloths or petals, which are intended to be floating in the room, it needs repeatedly testing and rehearsing. Until a photograph is perfect, it must be repeated several times. Websites (including more background information and making-of): http://line36.com/the_creation.htm http://www.the-creation.de/album/die-szenen-the-creation
Andreas Neumann was born in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany in 1981 and lives and works in Mannheim where he studied communication design with a focus on photography and film. His ardor is carrying the craft of analog photography in an experimental way, inspired by the early photography of the 19th century.