Artist of the Month: Rafael Neff
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About Rafael Neff
Idly stand the cabana chairs in Rafael Neff’s photograph. They radiate a meditative charm. The renowned photo artist has captured the scene in a moment of tranquility, with no tourists, sunglasses, or colourful swimsuits in sight. Along the right side of the image the sun rises, casting a long shadow over the beach chairs in the cool sand. The calmness of the deserted beach is so relaxing, that you almost feel the breeze on your skin. Neff portrays the moment where summer comes to life and reveals all its contrasts, its exuberance and its harmony. The cabanas convey intimacy and familiarity, whereas the sea unfolds into an immeasurable expanse, stretching out into the horizon. The image carries an element of nostalgia, inviting you to dream and remember, but it is also an homage to the cultural treasures that are found in the beach towns along the North and Baltic Sea, which have been enjoyed by holidaymakers for 125 years.
Neff masters characterizing the unfolding of space. In his scenes there is no human activity or other distracting elements. This allows the space to exhibit their profound calmness and unique character. With no distractions, the history of the space can come to the forefront and the small details that would usually go unnoticed are revealed. He masters capturing the beauty of space in his art, whether the motif be architecture, like an Opera House, or nature, like a beach. Looking at Neff's works is a meditative journey of new and surprising discoveries. His technical perfection as a photographic artist is impressive. He always carefully seeks the best angle for the camera and most beautiful lighting conditions, making his staging crisp and pristine. Nothing is left to chance, and yet everything appears completely natural.
Life goes on after these hard times! Going to the opera, meeting people in the library, seeing performances. Walking along the beach, and having that feeling when you know that something's special. Preserving these moments, capturing them in a work of art and celebrating them, every day - that's what my artworks are for!
In his long career as a photographic artist, Rafael Neff has taken on many different themes. In his series Operas he depicted stunning theatres and opera houses from all over the world. His perspective brings the architecture of these venues and their unique ornamentation closer to the viewer. This also applies to his series Libraries and Wine Cellar. In his series Beach he reveals the beauty of quiet beaches without any sunbathers. What all of his works have in common is their emphasis on the atmosphere of a space, which allows the viewer to travel to enchanting places with their imagination. That is Neff's trademark, and it has won him several awards and has inspired art collectors worldwide.