Wolfgang Tillmans

weed

Tillmans work often incorporates everyday mundane things, he see’s the beauty in the small things and turns what could be said to be an ugly weed into something with an almost luminous quality. Tillmans said in an interview “what is at work in every picture of mine is a mixture of actively doing something, encouraging a picture, while also letting it happen – letting chance play a role” –  In my recent images documenting journeys I feel I have allowed a similar situation to occur.

 

melon

Tillmans is often criticised for photographing incredibly uninteresting things like this watermelon and plate, but why does the every day have to be so uninteresting. I like Tillmans work because of the familiarity of it, its easy to imagine the smell and taste of that watermelon the way it was cut up and the traces it would have left all around the kitchen.

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