This body of work is about seeing. It is about the interconnectedness of ourselves, and everything that exists around us. The striking black and white images give the sense of something otherworldly, a fleeting moment in a world we as viewers may never experience.
The play of light is a way of illustrating this temporal life we live, and the ephemeral moments we often pass by, unaware of the beauty it holds.
These images make the viewer contemplate ideas, which are much bigger than what we are initially seeing. They seem to resemble the outer realms of the universe, of an unidentifiable person falling through space or the hint of a woman’s face amongst the vast darkness of stars. These ideas are contrasted by small moments within daily life, such as an object placed amongst a bed of grass, instantly capturing our attention with the evanescent-like glow it holds.
With her eye for capturing something extraordinary within the everyday, Katrin Koenning’s images let us envisage a world we would otherwise never have been exposed to. Every subject that ‘glows’ holds it’s own within the body of work, each photograph cleverly connecting to the next, creating a distinctly unique series of images.
From an everyday object, to an abstracted portrait, the almost blinding glow contrasts with the harsh darkness of each image. The varied subjects are perhaps a commentary on the relationships we have amongst ourselves, and the world surrounding us. The awareness of our impermanence has the ability to ground us and allow us to reflect upon the essential connections we have regarding the environments we live in.
Koenning’s mysterious photographs create awareness. They play with the idea of the real and the fictitious in the most marvelously, unsettling way. Her work pushes the viewer to contemplate our understanding of who and what these subjects are, and how we fit into this realm of transitory glow.
See more of Katrin Koenning’s work here.
Written by: Clare Callaghan