For the love of art
I have always had a soft spot of photographing museum visitors. Well, maybe I should start a bit earlier. I have always loved going to museums and art exhibits. My parents were keen on introducing us to art at an early age. For a friendly and tolerant atheist, I have seen an enormous amount of churches. Countless trips throughout Europe have left no monument untouched, and no museum deserted. As teenagers, traveling with peers, we continued the tradition of exploring cultural heritage over beach vacations (which to this day seem incredibly boring to me).
It may have been all of that that led me to study Art History, and as an eager student, I may have very well seen every single exhibition Vienna, the home of my first university, had to offer. In short: art spaces are my comfort zone.
Today, belle and I get to document the occasional art opening. It is the simple joy of perceiving and composing both architecture, art works, and people, that make documentary event photography still so appealing to me. People's interaction with the space and art work opens another spontaneous and fleeting synergy, unbeknownst to the artist, the curator, and last but not least the exhibition architects which can be captured with a bit of luck. One of my favorite spaces is Vienna's secession. I am not sure whether that is because it is an artist-run, independent gallery space, a space pre-dominantly dedicated to experimental and young art, whether I am simply smitten by it's motto "To every time its art. To art its freedom," or because it seems so essentially Viennese to me. A hub for the art and wine-loving, nicotine-affine, resisting individual, ready to talk art and politics all night long.