Bernhard Lang - Pictures, Art, Photography

Bernhard Lang

  Adria V by Bernhard Lang
Adria V
Adria
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  Adria III by Bernhard Lang
Adria III
Adria
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  Adria I by Bernhard Lang
Adria I
Adria
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  Adria II by Bernhard Lang
Adria II
Adria
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  Adria VII by Bernhard Lang
Adria VII
Adria
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  Adria VIII by Bernhard Lang
Adria VIII
Adria
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  Adria IX by Bernhard Lang
Adria IX
Adria
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  Adria X by Bernhard Lang
Adria X
Adria
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  Adria XI by Bernhard Lang
Adria XI
Adria
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  Viktor-Emanuel Denkmal by Bernhard Lang
Viktor-Emanuel Denkmal
Rom
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  Viktor-Emanuel Denkmal II by Bernhard Lang
Viktor-Emanuel Denkmal II
Rom
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  Adria VI by Bernhard Lang
Adria VI
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Background Information about Bernhard Lang

Introduction

About the Work

Adria

With colorful parasols arranged in geometric patterns next to the shiny turquoise of the Mediterranean Sea, Bernhard Lang’s photographs present beach life from an extraordinary new perspective. His aerial shots reduce vacation scenery to two-dimensional shapes and colors. The order and structure that are visible from above remain hidden to the throngs of beachgoers below. At the same time, the images are like hidden object puzzles – gradually the viewer notices new details amongst the parasols and in the water. It is this tension between the two-dimensional, almost painterly abstraction and the attention to detail that produces the unique aesthetic appeal of Lang’s photographs.

Rom

Taking the same remarkable technique inland, Lang captures the bustle of an historic European metropolis from a bird’s eye view. Lang’s Rome artworks appear abstract; in them, the Vittorio Emanuele II Monument and its visitors are nearly unrecognizable as such. Reduced to contours, shapes, colors, and shadows, the neoclassical monument and sightseers inspire us to form our own interpretations. Looking closer is an entirely different experience however, when we start to make out the individual people and discover the stories unfolding below.

About the Artist

Bernhard Lang hails from Munich and has been a successful photographer for more than two decades. Since 2010, he has devoted himself more and more to aerial shots. The result is the extensive, multi-faceted project aerial views, which includes the Adria series. The diverse subject matter includes tourism, industry, and transport. In addition to their structural aesthetic, the pictures often carry a critique of civilisation. The relationship between man and the natural world is a recurring theme throughout the series, highlighting the extent to which mankind has appropriated his environment.

Technique

No risk is too great for Bernhard Lang in his efforts to capture these breathtaking shots. These award-winning images are taken at a 90 degree angle to the earth’s surface. To do that, Lang leans out into the open air from a self-chartered helicopter or light sport aircraft to press the shutter on his camera – at heights of up to 1,000 metres! The distance from the ground allows a global view of everyday life. Photography becomes an adventure.

Daniela Kummle

Bio

1970Born
1993-1996Photography apprenticeship at Photostudio Anker in Munich, Germany
1996-2000Worked as an assistant to various photographers
2000-PresentFreelance photographer in Munich, Germany
2010-PresentWorked on the Aerial Views project
Lives and works in Munich, Germany

Awards

2013Gold, One Eyeland Awards

Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions

2011It Takes More, Getty Gallery, London, UK