Saturday, December 07, 2013

New York City

Only three more days and we will be in New York City. Can't wait to be in my favourite city again.

Times Square, New York City, 2000

© copyright Michael Werner, all rights reserved

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Two Way Lens and Ellie Davies

Two Way Lens proudly presents Ellie Davies

I am happy and excited that Two Way Lens continues with another outstanding photographer.

Ellie Davies is a London based artist. She gained an MA in Photography at London College of Communication and her work has been exhibited internationally.

When I saw Ellie's work for the first time, I was immediately fascinated by the magical and mysterious power she creates in every single series.

There is a strong concept behind every body of work Ellie Davies creates. Before it comes to the actual point of going into the woods and shoot it needs a lot of thinking, writing and reflection about  the story she wants to tell.

Ellie Davies' work is Land Art, Conceptual Art and Photography Art all together combined in one art form.

Please visit her website and take your time to look at all the different series.

And please read Ellie's interview with Two Way Lens here.

 The Gloaming 1, 2011

 The Gloaming 2, 2011

 Smoke and Mirrors Heathland 1, 2013

 Smoke and Mirrors Heathland 2, 2013

Smoke and Mirrors Heathland 3, 2013

© copyright all images Ellie Davies, all rights reserved

Monday, November 11, 2013

Planet BAM goes into the festive season

Maybe you already know that Planet Bam is photographer and artist Bruce Long and me.

We thought the time is right to open a shop and offer our design to everyone who loves art and graphic design.

We as Planet BAM believe in art you can wear. Art that can get dirty, art that goes with you wherever you go and whatever you do. Art that can get washed, art for every day and every occasion.

Please have a look and find something for you or your friends.

For the season ahead, we created some very cool and minimalistic Christmas stuff too.

We are looking forward to seeing you in our designs.

Love from Planet Bam!

Philosophers on Photography, a wide range of design aimed for photographers and everyone who loves photography

 The Three Kings, a minimalistic approach to a classic subject.

 Nativity Scene, another minimalistic approach to a festive subject.

 Nativity Scene in color.

© 2013 Planet BAM

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Planet BAM Shop

The brand new Planet BAM Shop is open now (Planet BAM are Bruce Long and Michael Werner). 
Special themes for photographers and everyone who loves photography.
Philosophers about photography, very cool and a perfect gift, not only for others but also just for yourself.

Please check it out and have fun with our designs.

© copyright Planet BAM

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Old Argonner Kaserne, Hanau

The Old Argonner Kaserne in Hanau, Wolfgang is a former US Army base.

After the last American Army personnel left the city in 2008, the facilities were left alone and nature took over.

In August there was a day where they opened the gates to let people in and I went there to take some more photos for my series Goodnight America.

It doesn't take long and the whole area changes dramatically. Investors are already starting to make money by turning the former apartment buildings into luxurious condos and selling them to people who can afford to live in.

Here are some impressions.

© copyright all images Michael Werner, all rights reserved

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Two Way Lens and Klaus Pichler

Two Way Lens proudly presents Klaus Pichler

Another outstanding photographer just joined Two Way Lens with his interview.

Vienna based Klaus Pichler is a freelance photographer and photo artist. He created an impressive body of work which has been exhibited internationally and is included in many public and private collections.

Please visit Klaus' website grab a coffee or tea and take your time to browse through all his different series.

The Two Way Lens interview with Klaus can be found here.

 Sort: Lemons 'Lapithkiotiki'
 Place of production: Limassol, Cyprus
 Transport distance: 2050 km (linear distance)
 Mode of Transport: Ship, Freight vehicle
 Mode of Production: Outdoor plantation
 Production time: October to February
 Carbon footprint (production & transport) per kg: 0,72 kg
 Water requirement (production & transport) per kg: 448 l
 price: 1,99 € / kg

 Sort: Cuore di Bue
 Place of production: Albenga, Italy
 Transport distance: 1035 km
 Mode of Transport: Freight vehicle
 Mode of Production: Foil green house
 Production time: all- season
 Carbon footprint (production & transport) per kg: 0,31 kg
 Water requirement (production & transport) per kg: 215 l
 price: 8,90 € / 1 kg

 from the series Just the two of us

 from the series Just the two of us

 from the series Skeletons in the closet

from the series Skeletons in the closet

© copyright all images by Klaus Pichler, all rights reserved.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Exhibitions without Walls

Exhibitions without Walls just published an interview with me.

Very cool! Thanks Ed (Founder and Editor in Chief EWW for featuring my interview.

The link to the interview is here

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Bokeh Magazine

I am happy to announce that the California based Bokeh Magazine - The Art and Life of Photography features an interview with me in their latest issue, with a wonderful introduction by Nathan See, Editor in Chief.

Bokeh is premier photography magazine for those that are interested in photography business, art and lifestyle of photography.

Bokeh is published exclusively on iPad and iPhone and available through iTunes.

Get your copy from iTunes.

Here are some pages from Bokeh issue 10

Monday, September 02, 2013

Work to share

The Mountain

© Michael Werner, all rights reserved

Two Way Lens and Helen K. Garber

Two Way Lens proudly presents Helen K. Garber

I am happy and exited that another outstanding photographer joined my project Two Way Lens with a wonderful interview.

Helen K. Garber is a Santa Monica based photographer and multi media artist. She is known for her black and white night urban landscapes taken in cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Venice, Italy.

Her work has been exhibited internationally and is included in major private and public collections such as the George Eastman House, The Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of the city of New York and many others.

Please visit Helen's website and take your time to look at all the wonderful work presented there.

Helen's interview with Two Way Lens can be found here.

 Getty Tram ©1999 from the series LA Noir

  Second Avenue Subway Station ©2005 from the series NY Noir

LACMA Lamps ©2009 from the series LA Noir

© copyright all images Helen K. Garber

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Ellen Jantzen

Photographer and Photo based artist Ellen Jantzen was so kind to let me have a sneak peak of her newest series Disturbing The Sprits.

I was thrilled about her new body of work and asked her if I am allowed to share it on the Truth Of Beauty.

Here is what Ellen wrote about Disturbing The Spirits:

As human actions impact the natural environment, can artists heal nature? Does art bring “special powers” to the table? If so, what are they? What is ‘art’? What is ‘nature’? What needs healing?

This series deals with both reality and time (past/present/future) and my growing attachment to the healing powers of the natural environment.
Trees teach us about belonging; they remind us that life doesn’t need permission to prevail. Trees are sanctuaries. If we listen closely, we can learn the ancient law of life. They are seen as powerful symbols of growth, decay and resurrection.They have played a prominent role in many folktales and legends and have been given deep and sacred meanings.
But, a tree’s longevity can lull us into a false sense of immortality.
It is this very impermanence that I long to understand through my photographic explorations. There is an ineffable natural beauty.... too great to be expressed or de- scribed in words.
In “Disturbing the Spirits” I am using imagery to convey my feelings about the state of nature, the nature of trees, and how to express their connection to past, present and future. By obscuring a portion of the image through a veil, I strive to heighten the remaining reality through discovery and reflection.

Disturbing The Spirits will be live on Ellen's website very soon.

In the meantime enjoy some of the new images here.

Ellen Jantzen is also part of my project Two Way Lens - Interviews with contemporary photographers.

Her interview can be found here.

Promise Of Spring


 Let The Others Follow

 Into The Unknown

 Toward Profusion


After Hours

© copyright all images Ellen Jantzen, all rights reserved

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Two Way Lens and Julia Fullerton-Batten

Two Way Lens proudly presents Julia Fullerton-Batten.

Another outstanding photographer joined the already impressive list of artists on Two Way Lens.

Julia Fullerton-Batten was born in Bremen Germany. She spent most of her childhood in Germany and the United States, before moving to the UK when she was 16. She now lives in London.

Julia studied photography at the Royal Berkshire College of Art and Design. She started her professional career in 2001 and is now a well-established professional photographer.

Her work has been exhibited widely world - wide and is included in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Musee d'Elysee, Lausanne and many others.

More of her outstanding work can be found on her website.

Her Blog with latest news can be found here.

Her interview with Two Way Lens can be found here.

 Custody Battle, from the series Mothers and Daughters

 Jessica, from the series Unadorned

 Yellow Dress, from the series Awkward

 Yuen, from the series Blind

Harajuku, Tokyo, 2013

© copyright all images Julia Fullerton-Batten, all rights reserved

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Klaus Pichler - Skeletons In The Closet

Skeletons In The Closet is a new photo-book by Austrian photographer Klaus Pichler.

Klaus takes us on a fascinating tour behind the public exhibition spaces of the Museum of Natural History in Vienna.

He wrote:

It all started when I happened to look through a basement window of the Museum of Natural History in Vienna one night. Inside, there was an office with a desk, computers, shelves and a stuffed antelope. This image remained ingrained in my mind and I started to wonder if constellations like this could be found in other areas of the museum and, also, what a museum would look like away from public exhibition spaces.

This tour took him nearly four years of spending hour upon hour wandering through the museum premises and searching for scenes where exhibits and their surrounding spaces enter a unique relationship.

The result is a wonderful book full of captivating photographs. It tells the story of a fascinating world behind the walls of a museum and some photographs, I have to admit, remind me of the movie Night at the Museum, when the artefacts come to life at night.

"Skeletons in the Closet features a selection of photographs from the backstage areas of the Natural History Museum Vienna, including storage rooms, basements and depots. The non-staged photographs of the book focus on the random interactions between the stored exhibits amongst each other or the surrounding spaces. Skeletons in the Closet is a collection of sometimes absurd sceneries and strange still lives, accompanied by written reflections on the bloody past of natural history museums."

More about the book and how to order it can be found on Klaus Pichler's website

Please make sure to look at his other projects as well, really worthwhile!

© copyright all images Klaus Pichler, all rights reserved