Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Ralf Grossek

Documentary photographer, Ralf Grossek was born in 1968 in Kamp-Lintfort, Germany. He studied communication design at the University of Duisburg-Essen.
There isn't much information on him that I can understand. Most of it is in German. But his work is so simple and stunning. I love his use of space and objects. They both play off each other and sometimes even contradict each other.
“The majority of our visual perceptions of the world around us is characterised by the attempt to functionalise our immediate environment. Due to the limited space in the big cities, we try to think up ways to guide traffic flows, protect property and privacy and provide security.
Everything lies close together; yet, different kinds of usage do not merely co-exist within the limited space but they have to be reconciled while still keeping up a clear distinction. The structures of our cities have grown immensely. In the course of time, the different requirements we put on our living space have come to interfere with each other. Already limited spaces of action intersect so that there is not only a need for mutual adaptation but also for systems enabling different ways of usage at the same time.
Although the presented scenes do not display people, they are evidence for the considerable amount of creativity people have to invest in order to successfully implement their intentions. The pictures tell about our environment which is animated with the human demand for regulations and functionality. ” – Ralf Grossek

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