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While at Schwartzenberg, Austria earlier this week for the annual Schubertiade, I was struck by the exhibition of ‘Art Photography’ by Peter Mathis, held in a room adjacent to the concert hall.  Mathis is an Austrian born in 1961.  His work is striking and very beautiful, seeming to be lithographs or paintings but photograph they are.  To quote from his website www.mathis-photographs.com ‘Since 2009 he has become more immersed in landscape photography and producing large format works. Regardless of the type of picture, the authenticity of his work plays a prominent role for Peter Mathis. His essential design elements are light and structure. Light reflected by the object should be optimized so that it serves the overall structure and composition of the image. A picture therefore is not a simple reproduction of a predetermined motif, but instead is developed with the camera while on site. He refuses any simulation of artificial light moods or movements on the computer that are not reproducible in a physical sense. He is only interested in “true” nature, that which we can actually experience, instead of computer generated artifices.  Many of his works aim to recognize and capture the fleeting nature of the moment, such as the photo of the Alps, above.’

 

 

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