I find Florian Muller’s photographs intriguing. Yes most definitely. His ‘Transitus’ series is strange and compelling – they’re paintings but not. The images are of seascapes and landscapes, both using the horizon line as a point of departure. Each photo is split into two distinct parts: the divine element and the marine element, the landscape as a representation of infinity. An idea propagated in the 19th Century by the Romantic Movement in Germany.
Muller took Caspar David Friedrich’s famous painting, ‘The Monk by the Sea’ as an inspiration for his series, a painting in which Friedrich attempted to express the solitude and the powerlessness of man at the hands of nature and the aspiration towards infinity. So despite the technical, modern aesthetic of this work it’s soul remains in the tradition of romantic landscape painting.
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