Life Framer is delighted to present the results of the January competition judged by conceptual photographer Kevin Cooley, whose work examines our evolving relationship with nature and technology and, in his own words, the struggles of inhabiting a planet we are slowly destroying. One of the winners is Maximilian Gottwald.
“Resting under this imposing flyover as the city races around them, Maximilian documents night life for these two young men – drenched in artificial light from streetlights, passing cars, and their own phone screens. They sit and wait, for friends perhaps or work more likely, oblivious to the noise and motion around them. It’s a compelling document of today’s immense and chaotic urban world, where each individual is a tiny component of a sometimes overwhelming mass.”
Image © Maximilian Gottwald
Photographer statement – From the series Asian Dusk – The Empire of Light
“I document cityscapes and impressions of Asian metropolises. The fast economic, political and demographic growth in Asia is rapidly changing these urban landscapes. Condensation transforms them into dystopias. The excessive use of artificial light, the light pollution, even sometimes makes the night look like day. Especially this impressive interaction of natural light and artificial light in twilight and night shots fascinates me very much. I try to get a certain order from the urban landscapes, which never come to rest, through the composition of light, color, surface and lines. The human element is often implied in my pictures, but the human being is not visible. This also underlines the anonymity that prevails in large cities. Visiting an Asian city is an overwhelming experience that engages all of the senses. In search of a suitable location, I let myself be driven by the smells and noises of the urban jungle, with the intention of transforming the hectic and chaos into an aesthetic calm and balance.”