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#FacesOfPhotography – Part 11: Florian W. Müller from Cologne
Florian W. Müller from Cologne – discoverer and traveler through (almost) all photographic disciplines – tells in the track #FacesOfPhotography why the crisis has driven him into his home darkroom. And also about how he estimates the effects on the photographic market and what he wishes for the future:
“Normally I travel a lot in the world for my pictures. Be it for free projects or commissioned work, my radius of action knows no limits – but there are still many blind spots. Therefore, the current situation felt like a stumbling block at first. I had a nice request for a photography masterclass and a job in Taiwan, was supposed to talk about my work in Essen and Zingst and currently I have pictures in an exhibition that nobody can look at now.
On the other hand this kind of exam offers new possibilities: I write on concepts that I present to clients, have my head free to develop new ideas and can finally continue working on my website. For example, a small shop is currently being created where, among other things, my handmade, excellent and limited Singularity calendar is sold.
And I finally have time to dedicate myself to a project that requires time, patience and leisure: platinum/palladium prints. In February I had the pleasure and honor to spend two days photographing insects at the Senckenberg Entomological Institute in Brandenburg. The pictures that resulted were the driving force for me to push the idea of the most precious analogue exposure. And that is relatively complex. I built a UV light exposure box, kneeled down in the theory of this technique (thanks here to Christian Klant, the walking encyclopedia on historical techniques) and started the first experiments. In normal times I would have put this off forever.
The first picture of this new series called “Samsa” is finished and I think it’s great. This is how absolutely unique pictures are created. The whole thing is time-consuming, beautiful and opens a new, intensive perspective on your own work, away from the digital workflow.
I didn’t think I’d spend the nights in the darkroom and at the bathtub again.”
But we also wanted to know from him how he views the current situation:
Florian, how do you think the crisis will affect the photographic market?
On the one hand, many colleagues are currently being pushed to the edge of their professional existence and I hope that with their own reserves and the support they receive, survival is feasible for each individual. This is sad and stupid, because nobody can do anything about this misery.
On the other hand there is a big wave of creative people, beyond the picture makers – like you at Fotogloria – to show the world that we still exist and that we and our work are absolutely necessary for a working, creative and great world.
Furthermore I feel a great closing of ranks and a closing of ranks without competition. At BFF the wires are running hot to show the colleagues the way to help and support. In addition, I can exchange ideas with colleagues in the BFF network right now, so I don’t have the feeling of travelling alone through this uncertain time.
There will also be more virtual exhibitions and platforms for the own works. That’s also great and certainly an early look into the photographic future.
What do you wish for in the photographic sense for the time after the crisis?
That the positive effect – see above – continues and is expanded. That customers will quickly become courageous again and use our know-how and skills again quickly. That this creative flow, the courage and the sometimes crazy ideas will continue. Personally, that I will soon be able to travel again and that many concepts I am currently brooding over will find their way into the world.
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