Interview Robert Schlaug

Even our thoughts and our imagination constantly finds its limits.

Name: Robert Schlaug
Hometown: I’m living in a little town near Nuremberg, Germany.
Style of photography: Landscapes, (everyday) architecture, urban landscapes, human intervention in nature
Type of camera(s): Different Canon cameras
Website: http://www.robertschlaug.com

What gives you inspiration?

As a photographer for me it’s important to go with my eyes open through daily life and thereby develop a glance for the mundane and banal. To see things that others no longer perceive in the hustle and bustle of everyday life and in times of total sensory overload. Some years ago the title of one of my exhibitions was: At second glance. This expresses exactly what I mean. This second glance I want to reproduce with my photographs.
 
What are your influences?

I’m influenced by the photographers of the New Topographics like Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Henry Wessel, Jr., Stephen Shore, also by the German photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher and their student Thomas Struth. 
 
Why did you choose these photos?  
 
These four photographs should be represent my work and make my main subjects clear:

First: I mainly want to demonstrate the influence of the human being on the environment, nature and landscape. Therefore is the focus of my work documenting the impact of human activity: our consumption and suburban sprawl by expulsion of  new industrial estates, shopping malls and residential areas on the edges of cities. The transfer of housing and dwelling from the inner cities to the suburbs and the emptiness and desolation of the older part of small towns and medium-sized cities.

Second: The houses in which people live all over the world are very different. In Germany, you used to be able to tell from the way a house was built in which region it was situated. Nowadays this is less and less the case. The availability of all possible construction materials has led to a standardization and uniformity of residential architecture. Each house can be found in any place in Germany. As everything is technically feasible, more and more anonymous, more-complicated and bizarre houses have been built. Simple designs have become a rarity. Uniformity and banality on the one hand, and uniqueness and weirdness on the other hand, are of course a big attraction for the photographer. Therefore, these homes have been one my favorite subjects for many years.

Third:  I have been photographing for years the impact of tourism and the real estate boom and crisis in Spain.

Fourth: My digitally processed series “limited area” deals with human limit experiences. In a time when one considers the possibilities of humanity for unlimited, the individual human experiences its limits and its limitations in daily life on a daily basis: Sometimes we think we run into a wall, stand in front of a precipice, not knowing how to proceed further or suddenly opens up before us on an insurmountable wall, and we know no way out. Even our thoughts and our imagination constantly finds its limits. We often feel the narrowness of the space physically, too. My images try to put all these experiences visually. 
 
What does photography mean to you?

Working as photographer is my great pleasure. Photography is a challenge to my creativity. So photography occupies my mind day by day.  I’m always looking for new projects. I’m  always interested in how we get involved with landscapes, with environments, how we design places and modify them and use the space and the landscape. 
 
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