Wim Wenders ‘Places, Strange and Quiet’ photo series is made up of large format photographs taken by the artist from 1983 – 2011 in various countries around the world such as El Salvador, Brazil, Italy, Japan, Germany, Australia, Armenia and the United States. The renowned Director has been documenting his global wanderings taking pictures of panoramic landscapes, offbeat encounters and ghostly visions, places that are disappearing, are becoming a cultural memory of a place that once was. Just like his films there is a contemplative nature to his images, there is much to be felt in them. Perhaps a loss.
As he says himself:
When you travel a lot, and when you love to just wander around and get lost, you can end up in the strangest spots. I have a huge attraction to places. Already when I look at a map, the names of mountains, villages, rivers, lakes or landscape formations excite me, as long as I don’t know them and have never been there … I seem to have sharpened my sense of place for things that are out of place. Everybody turns right, because that’s where it’s interesting, I turn left where there is nothing! And sure enough, I soon stand in front of my sort of place. I don’t know, it must be some sort of inbuilt radar that often directs me to places that are strangely quiet, or quietly strange.
On a side note I only found out that it was in 1983, while scouting for locations for his classic film, ‘Paris, Texas’ that he began to use photography as an art medium in its own right – an interesting little nugget of useless information.
You can see this exhibition at the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, Germany until the 19th August, 2012.
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