- klaus-peter gnass -
fine art photography
In 1988, I started photographing intensivley. After a few years of taking pictures with a small color reflex camera, in 1997 I switched to an analogue large format (4 x 5 inch) view camera. Since 2002, I have been using 8 x 10 inch sized analogue film to take the pictures.
I'm a self-taught photographer and learned a lot from other great photographers like Andreas Weidner, Werner Kumpf, Hans-Georg Esch (all Germany) and Bruce Barnbaum (USA) in their photo workshops. During that time, black and white photography became more and more my favorite. Black and white photography reduces the view of the photographic object and is not intrusive. The expression of the picture is thus limited to the essentials and thereby arises a silence in the picture which is not possible when using color photography. Black and white photography creates silent and quiet pictures which speak through their meaningfulness as well as their content.
My favorite subjects are landscapes, architecture and technology. I also am experimenting with different techniques in the darkroom like double exposure of negatives and detail views of subjects. With these techniques I create illusions of the objects.
After a contrast mesurement of the secene, I only do one exposure on analogue film and develop the film in my own darkroom. Then I enlarge the negative to a 12 x 16 inch size print. This is also done in my own darkroom. From one negative I make only 2 – 3 enlargements.