THE ART OF OBSERVATION
Photography by Blasius Erlinger
SELF-TAUGHT PHOTOGRAPHER BLASIUS ERLINGER IS ON A MISSION. He bemoans modern society’s constant rush and “inability to take time and absorb our environment consciously”, and hopes to portray this through a photo series shot in cities and amidst natural settings. Through this project, he hopes to prompt viewers to take notice of the beauty that surrounds them in everyday life.
Some of Erlinger’s earlier works appear to foreshadow this long-term project. One takes place on the top level of a parking garage, but what stands out in the photographs is the juxtaposition of the structure’s straight, white walls with the model’s black clothing and fierce appearance. Another takes place in an upscale hotel — but instead of showing the viewer ornate design details, Erlinger chooses to position the model on an unadorned balcony. The angle from which the photograph is taken highlights the structure’s symmetry and its ability to immerse guests in views of the city and the sea beyond.
This elevation of everyday sights into essential graphic elements reveals just how much Erlinger absorbs his environment, especially given that the clothes and subject usually dictate a photo shoot’s location. And once a location has been chosen, he sticks to it and executes the concept, despite the hurdles. A shoot in Peru, for instance, had the crew grappling with altitude sickness; the model on the top of the parking lot withstood temperatures nearing 40 degrees Celsius in leather clothing. A seaside photo shoot for a shoe company was met with flash floods, sleet and rain — but it only made the crew more determined, and resulted in a unique visual mood.
When not working on editorial and commercial projects, Erlinger likes taking travel photographs and portraits. He also enjoys capturing the diversity of Sydney, and recently participated in the Bold Beauty project during Art Basel in Miami, which involved a creative collaboration with severely disabled women.
“PHOTOGRAPHY GIVES ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONNECT WITH PEOPLE IN A VERY INTIMATE WAY”
“WE ARE ALWAYS IN A RUSH AND IGNORE THE BEAUTIFUL DETAILS”