can you photograph breath?
how does breathing look like photographed?
it appears that someone had heard of garry winogrand and found the title of the festival inspiring (atemzug, approximate translation: take a breath). i was supposed to contribute a portrait session but my plan b had just fallen through and i was out of ideas.
so these questions came as a relief (and reminded of duchenne’s experiments). i set up a portable studio and asked sitters to do as follows (while making two exposures): take a seat, breathe in, open eyes, hold still, breathe out, close eyes, hold still.
here are a few of the portraits made that way:
contact prints from 6×9 cm negatives, exposed in a kodak folding camera from the 1920s.
how do the sitters seem so relaxed? on a tiny folding chair, in front of a camera? surrounded by a crowd having drinks, arguing about art, observing the experiment?
un bout de souffle was a contribution to the project atemzug at the zuger kunstnacht 2016 (curated by dimolinari and paettern).