THE ART OF OB­SER­VA­TION

Pho­tog­ra­phy by Bla­sius Er­linger

Jetgala - - CONTENT - Pho­tog­ra­phy by Bla­sius Er­linger Text by Ka­t­rina Bal­maceda Uy www.bla­siuser­linger.com

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”

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