Portfolio Critique : Eschatology Matthias Koch

Updated on August 13, 2017 in Critique
11 on June 30, 2017

Curious to get some reactions on the project ESCHATOLOGY.  (The complete portfolio is available on www.matthiaskoch.co)

“It happened that a fire broke out backstage in a theater. The clown came out to inform the public. They thought it was a jest and applauded. He repeated his warning. They shouted even louder. So I think the world will come to an end amid the general applause from all the wits who believe that it is a joke.” ― Søren Kierkegaard

About Eschatology :
Hiroshima and Auschwitz have changed forever the way of humans to “be in the world”. Both events are at the origin of a new era, there has been a before and an after. Nothing will ever be it has been before. Time does not stand anymore for an open future, time is now what remains, before the End. Hiroshima and Auschwitz, the origin of the time of the End.

 
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0 on July 1, 2017

Sorry, just saw that I forgot to present myself

I am originally from Germany. I lived and worked in Chile, Venezuela, Mexico and France and  have currently established my basecamp in the South of France.

I do not have a special education in photography, which results in an a very free and unconventional approach. My photography is driven by a personal search for meaning and understanding of the surrounding world. Photography is for me a tool for philosophical investigation and research of truth as well as a vehicle for artistic expression. The interaction between Humans, Space and Time and the underlying concept of Impermanence is one of my favorite subjects. 

Photographs are mostly taken on the street and used afterwards for conceptual projects. In this sense I do not really know if I would qualify my photography as street photography, but personally I am not convinced that all these categories make sense, honestly I do not really care about, …

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1 on July 3, 2017

A somber topic expressively portrayed in your photographs. I like nos. 3, 4, 7 and especially 5 and the simplicity of 13. –Andrew

 

on July 4, 2017

Thank you Andrew for your feedback !

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1 on July 6, 2017

Matthias wonderful pictures. A couple of things.

  1. The one color picture you have is kind of jarring in among the black and white pictures.
  2. The two dog pictures are weak compared to the other pictures but the first one has better composition.
  3. The first picture is quite stunning and I’d say you might explore this area more.

 

on July 6, 2017

Hi @joelandrew, @J1m, thank you very much for your interesting feedback which gives me some food to think !

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1 on July 6, 2017

I am impressed and moved by this project.  

The photographs showing accumulation of things work together powerfully with the simpler images.  Several of the photographs are susceptible to multiple interpretations (or even resist interpretation), while others have a clear subject; these juxtapositions are also effective.  A common style helps to hold the set together, which may be one reason, as J1m said, the color photograph is jarring.  J1m also thought the dog photographs were weak; I actually think they are strong, and that they offer a little breathing room, but I might keep only one as the two of them are possibly redundant.  

on July 6, 2017

Hi @joelandrew, @J1m, thank you very much for your interesting feedback which gives me some food to think !

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Hi @joelandrew, @J1m, thank you very much for your interesting feedback which gives me some food to think !

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1 on July 13, 2017

Matthias, I really like your images and came back to them a few times. I agree with Joel that several are open to multiple interpretation or none which is something I like in photograpy.

on July 14, 2017

Thank you for your comment ! Concerning interpretation, I usually do not put titles or descriptions for the pictures, every spectator should feel free to build his own interpretation, reflecting his personal history and background.

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