Werner Mansholt presents his exhibition entitled “Zwischenwelten” (“Worlds Between”) and is part of the Photo-Festival ” 12. Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie“. He presents it as follows.
I have photographed in different cities and countries on photographic journeys I have undertaken over the last 10 years.
As a photographer I work as as a flaneur, the images that emerge from my work as a street photographer are much more the result of ‘happenstance’ than a grand plan or a set of conceptual drivers.
I strive for and am always looking for images that are enigmatic and multi-layered, humorous or surreal.
My images are spontaneous, associative and emotional, and never staged. They may be touching, they may sometimes trigger the emotions and the desire to find a story or a narrative in the images, but they are equally not superficial and there is no journalistic impulse.
I am interested in the breaks, the cracks, the edges, the gaps, the spaces between and the contradictions that the world unendingly offers up and which offer a fleeting glimpse of the complexities that lie behind and beneath the surfaces and the superficial.
In my work I encounter beauty and transience, pride and longing, loneliness and community — in short life in all its diversity and fertility.
I hope my images have an element of poetry about them but presented without kitsch or romanticism, as Øystein Sevåg once said “Close your eyes and see“.
REGIONALGALERIE in the Darmstadt Regional Council
64283 Darmstadt, Germany
The finissage will be on 14 June 2023, at 6:00 p.m., with Dr. Roland Held in charge of the discussion.