Photographer's Choice: Alexander S. Kunz's Top Five List
Today we feature the picks of Alexander S. Kunz. Kunz is a German photographer whose thoughtful images capture the beauty and dignity of the natural world. An important aspect of Kunz's work is the use of computer processing to enhance the intrinsic depth and allure of nature. The result is imagery that at once honors and transcends his subjects.
To see Alexander S. Kunz's PrintedArt collection, visit his portfolio.
A timeless photograph that reminds me of some of the works of John Sexton or Bruce Barnbaum. Tranquil, silent, a little eerie perhaps. I can almost hear the melting snow dripping down onto the ground and smell the dark, wet bark of the trees. The woods are lovely indeed!
I like images that play with size and relations. At first you might think that this is a close-up extract, or a detail of a beach, until you see the tiny little figure in the lower right corner, which puts things into a whole new perspective - the moment the realization of the sheer size of the stunning scenery that perhaps left one confused at first is defined by an astonished "ohhhhh!" followed by the sense of wonder what we're actually looking at - which is revealed by the title of the photograph, of course.
I'm a sucker for trees, for natural abstracts, and for reflections. And this image has all of it. I like the whole infrared-like appearance with strong contrasts and a soft glow in the upper, bright part. The amount of detail in the pond and the reflection make me wonder how deep that little pond is, and what I am seeing there. The choice of black and white enhances both the abstract nature and the mystery.
A photograph that plays with contrasts on multiple levels: the warm orange and cold blue tones; the warmth that I associate with the sand has cold snow on it; the wide open sea and the almost cozy intimacy of the dunes. It looks like this was only seconds before the sun disappeared below the horizon, leaving the scenery to the cold wind that blows from the sea. A photograph that fires the imagination and stirs my longing to be in that place and enjoy it's solitude being exposed to the elements.
The art of photography can bring us closer to rather common subjects, and literally see them in a different light. This at first simple looking photograph reveals so many intriguing details: the play of light and shadow - how the vein-like lines in the flower are bright in the upper part, and almost reversed into it's negative in the lower part, the beautiful color tones, the simple curves and lines that are broken into smaller segments throughout. An image worth resting one's eye upon, contemplating it's many levels, and the admirable sensitivity for them expressed through the skill of the photographer.