Plate #13, 2018 / Giclée Print / Edition 5 (2AP) / 36x26in


WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING

HUEMER/HANSSON

Eyes guide light into our head. The brain gives this light a meaning. Everyone blinks 17 times a minute. When awake, eyes are closed for a quarter of an hour every day. The world is seen in fragments, yet processed without gaps.

What eludes interpretation is what is seen, irritates, alienates. It is attractive or repulsive, sometimes both at the same time. Perturbation is a special form of arousal. The world shows itself, but what it actually looks like is what life tells us. “When no one is watching” is a fragile ballad showing a different reality. What does the world do when nobody is watching?

“Objectivity is the illusion that observations can be made without an observer.” (Heinz von Foerster) There are no words for the unknown. But there are pictures of it. Places that have their very own intensity and mood. And then there is this creature - when no one is watching.

Skies are glassy streaks of ether. Below stands the creature, as foreign familiar as the surrounding architecture and nature, the structures of which corresponds to the character. A framework of tension. "When no one is watching"; it is another world, inevitably undetected.

With analog precision, Rene Huemer takes a stand against the frenzied acceleration of the digital. The photographic race against the drying chemistry on the glass plate is a practiced deceleration in the 21st century. The photographs captured show us what is there when our backs are turned, a shy reality.

'When No One Is Watching' is an ongoing series by collaborating photographers Rene Huemer & Cherie Hansson. 



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COLLODION PROCESS

In this process, preparing, photographing and developing the image is a single, continuous operation that can take up to two hours.
It is a precisely defined process. Every detail has an impact on the image: The condition and cleanliness of the glass plate, the mixing ratio of the chemicals, temperature, humidity, exposure time and all the subtleties of development - to name just a few of the parameters.

The technology was invented in 1850, and the wet-collodion process is still at the same technical level today.
The combination of different chemicals provide a light-sensitive coating on the glass plates. The plate must then be placed in a light-tight film-holder, which then goes in the back of the camera.

Now a few seconds of exposure. Fractions of a second and the skill of the photographer decide whether the photograph is captured correctly.
As soon as the cap is back on the lens, the glass plate must immediately be developed and fixed.
Photochemistry is tamer work with microorganisms. Nature lives, light lives, chemical substances live, creatures live. The photographic skills required for “when no one is watching” can hardly be estimated high enough.

RENE HUEMER

WWW.RENEHUEMER.COM

An Austrian photographer with a passion for people, music, and travel, and currently lives and works in the US and Austria.

He accompanies both DAVE MATTHEWS BAND and PHISH as their official tour photographer, and provides a unique perspective to the bands‘ performances by capturing the duality of the show - from intimate moments backstage to energetic highlights on stage.

René‘s dedication to photography has led to a portfolio brimming with live concert images and intimate portraits of some of the largest names in music: THE ROLLING STONES, METALLICA, LEONARD COHEN, AMANDA PALMER, SKIN, LEMMY and ZZ TOP, to name a few.

His work has appeared in both print and digital publications such as ROLLING STONE, RELIX, ESQUIRE, THE RED BULLETIN, and JAZZED, and has been exhibited in selected galleries in Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Lisbon and Florence.

CHERIE HANSSON

WWW.CHERIEHANSSON.COM

Alice Chérie Hansson is a Swedish photographer and filmmaker with a keen eye for lighting and a passion for music.

After completing the film production program at the Santa Barbara City College in California, and working in Los Angeles as a videographer and photographer, she moved to Vienna, Austria, where she currently lives and works as a freelancer.

Her photographic work focuses on music, portraits, and events and has appeared in numerous print and digital publications, while the films she has worked on have screened and won awards at several film festivals, such as Cannes, SBIFF, SOHO, Film-fest Houston, Queens World Film Festival and many more.     

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Thank you,

Rene & Cherie