Portfolios of the Week w2

05.2018 - ALPA presents «Portfolios of the Week w2»

Since we are always interested to see the work of the ALPA photographers from around the world, the porfolio section on our website is very important to us.

Our goal is to showcase outstanding works on our website to give you an impression of what is possible if you work with an ALPA camera setup and of course to provide spotlight for the photographers behind the works. To make sure, the photographers and their work get all the attention they deserve, we decided to upload once a week the best portfolios and call it «Portfolios of the Week». During this week we will also share the work through our social media channels, giving it the utmost visibility possible.

For this week, we like to present works by Fabrice Fouillet, Jakob Bosch and Steffen Schraegle.

Fabrice Fouillet - Colosses

"Statues are often idealized works of art, ideological, political or religious representations, and turn their subjects into fascinating eternal figures. Once erected to keep alive the memory of a particular person or event, in a given culture, it lasts through many generations and establishes itself a symbol for the community.
Statues are even more influential when they are outstanding. An edifice can be said to be monumental when it is unusual, extraordinary. It has to be abnormal, as exceptional as the political or religious power itself, also inseparable from its symbolic aspects.

The series “Colosses” is a study of the landscapes embracing those monumental commemorative statues.
Although hugeness is appealing, exhilarating or even fascinating, I was first intrigued by the human need to build gigantic declarations. Then, I asked myself how such « works » could be connected to their surroundings. How can they fit in the landscapes, despite their excessive dimensions and their fundamental symbolic and traditional functions?

I chose to photograph the statues from a standpoint outside their formal surroundings, and to favour a more detached view, watching them from the sidelines. This detachment enabled a wider view of the landscape and to place the monuments in a more contemporary dimension.

Human figures appear sporadically and confront their own insignificance to the greatness of symbols. The physical relationship to the statue’s surroundings explicitly recalls the spectator’s body and its integration in time. Thus, the characters are reduced to miniatures and emphasize the disproportion.

As a wave of « statuomania » swept over the world in the 1990s, many huge statues were built. Most of them are located in Asia and represent the Buddha. The world’s highest statue is under construction in India. It will honour the independence hero Sardar Patel and will reach 182 meters."
Fabrice Fouillet

Photographer's page: Fabrice Fouillet
Portfolio: Colosses

©Fabrice Fouillet

Jakob Bosch - Utah

"Landscapes from a Roadtrip trough Utah, Arizona and Nevada"
Jakob Bosch

Photographer's page: Jakob Bosch
Portfolio: Utah

©Jakob Bosch

Steffen Schraegle - Landscape

Photographer's page: Steffen Schraegle
Portfolio: Landscape

©Steffen Schraegle



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