Guido Klumpe

Title: Silhouettes in urban Landscapes

About the Photo:

Diese Serie untersucht das SPannungsverhältnis zwischen den Silhouetten der Passanten und den urbanen grafischen Bühnen, auf denen sie sich bewegen.

Strictly speaking, silhouettes represent an abstraction of the subject – details sink into darkness, only the outline shape remains. In the case of a human silhouette, our brain has learned to interpret much information from the figure’s posture. Often we can tell what gender the figure is and what mood it is in.

The more information we can glean from the figure, the more interesting we find it.

“I like to work with silhouettes, by reducing them to your outline the protagonist becomes a graphic form. The tension between the urban landscape and the people acting in it becomes clearer.“
German photographer Guido Klumpe’s work includes abstract, minimalist, and street photography. Born with a severe congenital visual impairment, he perceives the world differently.

Guido sees cities as urban landscapes, landscapes consisting of shapes, colors, light and reflections. He uses perspective, a particular point of view, and the poetry of chance in the old tradition of street photography, to create his compositions. This way, he creates a “stage” in which passers-by act as protagonists. His work highlights the mystery and absurdity of urban spaces while simultaneously revealing its hidden beauty.

In his work, he investigates how we perceive dimensionality and is particularly interested in the moment of transition, when by reducing the optical reference points, three-dimensional architecture dissolves into a two-dimensional plane, lending many of his images an almost painterly quality. Considerations that arise during this process include the importance of information that helps establish a distinction between the foreground and background, and the type and number of objects involved.

Guido’s work has won numerous international awards, has been widely published, and is included in many solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe.