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Thomas Flechtner

Furka (Passes), 2000
C-print mounted on aluminium
100.0 x 125.0 cm
In the muffled atmosphere of snow, Thomas Flechtner focuses on the traces human beings leave behind in their environment. Here it is a way of lending greater brilliance to the whites, which contrast with the earthy tones of the constructions.

Insistently the photographer reduces his landscapes to a few elements and forces the eye to concentrate on the subtle nuances of what he has chosen to frame with his camera. Flechtner himself speaks of a suspended state or the slow disappearance of the world, seen in this instance as a few small houses holding out against the snow.

In Passes: Furka the apparently serene uniform white is actually belied by the aggressive passage of the snow, which streaks the facades diagonally. Making the snow storm a concrete reality for the viewer, these diagonals, visually recording the passage of time on the film, evince the long exposures the photographer works with. A quicker shutter speed would have in fact frozen the snowflakes in place with a visual precision that is overly sharp for an artist who prefers to move at his own pace in our rushed, hyperactive age.
Thomas Flechtner, Furka (Passes), Col du Furka, 2000