Real Landscapes, Drive-in-Theatre, 2009, C-print, 95 x 130 cm/140 x 190 cm,
© the artist, courtesy Wagner + Partner, Berlin
Real Landscapes, Green Settlement, 2012, C-print, 170 x 240 cm,
© the artist, courtesy Wagner + Partner, Berlin
Real Landscapes, Green Settlement, 2012, C-print, 170 x 240 cm,
© the artist, courtesy Wagner + Partner, Berlin
Real Landscapes, House over the Dunes, 2007, C-print, 120 x 150 cm,
© the artist, courtesy Wagner + Partner, Berlin
Real Landscapes, House over the Dunes, 2007, C-print, 120 x 150 cm,
© the artist, courtesy Wagner + Partner, Berlin
Real Landscapes, Hochhaussiedlung im Gegenlicht, 2008, C-print, 95 x 180 cm,
© the artist, courtesy Wagner + Partner, Berlin
Real Landscapes, Hochhaussiedlung im Gegenlicht, 2008, C-print, 95 x 180 cm,
© the artist, courtesy Wagner + Partner, Berlin

Thomas WredeReal Landscapes : Between Idyll and Disaster

 

The images look as though they have been shot from the sky, but in fact they are taken a few centimetres from the ground. Cars, houses and plastic trees in model railway format are placed on the beach by the North Sea or in a pile of rubbish or ashes. The microstructures of the sand are transformed in the eyes of the beholder into macrostructures of the earth’s surface. Only at second glance do the discrepancies of the proportions become recognisable. The photographs are made with an analogue large format camera and are slightly digitally optimised. Thus the observer is left with no sense of dimension; that is the photographic illusion. I am inspired by landscape and its different lighting. I create worlds that can only exist in photography. In my photos the world is shown as a stage with grand gestures in small measure, as a picture and a replica of idyll and disaster.

Thomas Wrede