• Ulrike Crespo Unter der Haut des Wassers
  • Ulrike Crespo Unter der Haut des Wassers
  • Ulrike Crespo Unter der Haut des Wassers
  • Ulrike Crespo Unter der Haut des Wassers
  • Ulrike Crespo Unter der Haut des Wassers

Ulrike Crespo Unter der Haut des Wassers

Life underwater follows its own optical laws, governed by a different "doctrine of the visible." The light diminishes with increasing depth, and the eye is no longer able to neatly construct what it sees, instead opening wide and becoming more receptive. Webs, membranes, gossamer tissues made up of thousands of luminescent filigree fingers: the eye of the camera ventures into these undulating forests of algae and seaweed as if in possession of a remote motion detection organ like that of a fish. In Ulrike Crespo's new book of photographs, she brings together in a unique way the two levels of perception on which her photographs seem to operate. The first is the visual, optical level, based on a certain mental distance. And the second level that these images bring into play is a sense that undermines mere superficial appearances. This sense is not directed outward, but rather inward, or – from the point of view of the picture – toward the fluid abyss lurking below the surface. The billowing green flora that overflows from the picture frame inundates our gaze, jolts it out of its distanced composure and makes the visual coordinates falter.


Hardcover 28 x 23,5 cm 88 pages 70 color illustrations English, German Available ISBN 978-3-86828-519-2 2014

Artist:

Ulrike Crespo

Texts:

Cathrin Nielsen

Design:

Harald Pridgar

Awards

Selected title German Photo Book Award 2015

Exhibitions

Iceland
Galerie Franz Swetec, Düsseldorf
16.02. – 24.03.2018

Iceland
Galerie Uwe Opper, Streitkirche Kronberg
28.04. – 13.05.2018

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