Guido Klumpe

Title: Still in Love

About the Photo:

I followed this old couple for more than 5 minutes, strolling over a funfair.
The whole time they stayed poor in poor and she held him by his jacket.
At some point they stopped for a moment and that was when I had the opportunity to take my photo.
I deliberately wanted to show only this scene, not the faces, not the surroundings. This scene expresses everything for me. And I wanted a clean photo that played with the curiosity gap.

We photographers think about what we want to show. But I think it’s also important to ask “What don’t I want to show?”. All the elements of the image are important and only those that support the image’s message should be shown. In this picture, I want to show the intimacy and bond of the couple. For me, this is expressed in the gesture and the choice of clothing. That is why I have deliberately not shown all the other elements. I leave questions about where, when and who unanswered and thus create a curiosity gap.

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.