Stuart, B., 2000. Famous sights as you’ve never seen them before. Skyline with a difference. In: Kodak News 2000, Vol 34 No 5. p. 12.
They say the camera never lies, but in the hands of German photographer and artist Thomas Kellner, the truth bends a little.
Using Kodak film and drawing inspiration from cubist painter Robert Delauney, Thomas uses photography to “deconstruct” the world’s most famous buildings, with spectacular results.
Kellner’s buildings are stretched, tilted and dismembered in a carefully planned sequence of shots, then printed using the frame numbers and film name as a key element of the finished photo.
His unique series of quirky interpretations began in 1997 with a black-and-white contact sheet of the Eiffel Tower, photographed on Kodak T-Max T400CN.
Grandest Since then Kellner has photographed many of Europe’s greatest and grandest constructions on Kodak Gold film in a series that now includes Buckingham Place, Tower Bridge, the Millennium Dome and the London Eye.
Working to a limited budget, Kellner plans his visits with care, first examining tourist guides and maps to pinpoint which buildings to photograph and what time of the day.
After reselecting a viewpoint, he sketches out his “deconstruction”, planning each frame, what lenses to use and what exposures.
The whole approach is very disciplined. He shoots only one roll per building and insist there’s no faking and no re-takes. In his hectic schedule, Kellner might photograph three buildings a day and up to 20 during one city visit.
It all started when he was inspired to attempt a photographic solution or equivalent to Robert Delauney’s images of Paris.
“I worked initially with a multipinhole camera and then began by photographing the Eiffel Tower because the architecture was so boring, “ Kellner told Kodak News.
Now his irreverent slant on tourist photography has extended to include 140-frame photographs as part of a series of tableaux spanning all European cities. Kellner’s links with Kodak may soon develop further. He hopes to work with Kodak Spain in the production of CD illustrating creative techniques.
(aus: Kodak Newsletter, Bob Stuart, London, Great Britain, 2000)