Todays task was to create one or more photopraphs / pictures around the topic of „Kontrast“ / „contrast“. The chosen tool ware our mobile cameras. The challenge was done in our close neighbourhood in Munich. Some post-processing of the fotos was allowed to underline the own idea.
|Tools||iPhone camera (editing: Adobe Photoshop)|
|Participants||Christina & Christoph|
|Deliverables||1 or more photographs as png/heic/jpg|
… from Christina
Christina: „When Christoph came up with the idea to shoot some photos around the topic contrast, I was not very eager. I had the idea nature vs. concrete already in my head. And although it is not very creative, there was not much to photoshop in my orginal photos. People try nearly everything to put nature down. The pendulum swings in both directions, we cannot live in. In 2023 humankind became aware even in shiny-, wealthy- and overachiever-arrogant Bavaria that there is a global warming. We need to break up the mindsets and concrete. I want to live here, not to starve some day under a heat dome. I want to go for a walk here, not to be imprisoned inside. I want to view more than concrete, cars and streets. Bring the green back… in every street. On every building. Times up, Munich!“
Indeed, Christinas idea may seem a bit corny in the first place. But on the one hand, it is a topic that Christina feels very close to (me as well). The humans made cities and took down nature. But at some places, things are turned upside down: The nature revolts. The nature breaks up concret and shows up. On the other hand, Christina converted her idea very well. She had a good eye for scenery and perspective. In the end, her outcome looks great and resonate her passion for that topic very well. I hope that her work inspires people around how beautiful nature is and how carefully we should treat it.Christoph
… from Christoph
Christoph: „Before we got started and went outside, we had a little brainstorming session together. I found it very helpful in order to circle around the topic „contrast“ and what it could mean for a city. As I wanted to focus on a the (sub-)cultural aspect of city-life, I tried to focus on graffiti, stickers, tags, street art. All of them always reflect taste, belonging and mostly opinion. And you can find them everywhere: On walls, buildings, street signs, power boxes, etc.. For me it was also a good lesson to pay attention to the details. To find the non-obvious, especially in my city that I know well. This opened my eyes for new perspectives. From our little walking tour I had three favorites. The first one is soccer-related, something you find a lot in Munich. The second one aims towards mobility and how to prevent certain habits… or not! And the third one has a nice overlap with Christina’s approach, how nature find it’s way into urban territory and claims it.“
The nice thing about Christoph’s photos are perhaps rather banal motives. At the first glance. The viewer have to think a bit… The idea of stickers on urban signs gives a society a voice when everything wants to be regulated. Park here, don’t park here. See my advertising. See my political statement. See my instagram. Looking at the sign, where the sticker is on, while looking also on the sticker. The meta-level here is the anarchic, gray area where of the sticker recipient (and also the sender, who have to accept a slight vandalism); While the overall situation is only understood from the audience as third party from the third wall.Christina
… from Christina & Christoph
We were on the brink on having a lazy Monday evening, but then decided to do another design challenge. Which turned out to be a good choice. Being creative, working on a topic, exchanging ideas, really feels satisfying to us. We hope to have our next one soon, also ready to share with you!