Alfred Ehrhardt’s first major photographic work DAS WATT (The Tidelands, 1933–1936) is an ode to nature. It is among the most outstanding visual achievements of the avant-garde photography of the 1930s and represents the „crème de la crème” of his photographic oeuvre. Inspired during Josef Albers’s preliminary course at the Bauhaus in Dessau, the work reveals Ehrhardt’s fascination with the structures in the sand formed by wind and water.
Unlike Ehrhardt, Batchelder is not interested in the laws of structure, but in the chaotic, strange, surreal, non-rational, in short: the world of dreams and the imagination. Batchelder’s play-like freeness contrasts with Ehrhardt’s objective structural order—science versus poetry. Batchelder purposely addresses human perception: the abstracting of the nature motif, reduced to a minute amount of information, generates inner visions.
Christiane Stahl talks to David Batchelder about the remarkable sand formations at the coast of the Isle of Palms in South Carolina, which he captures with his digital camera, about his search for faces, figures, landscapes and galaxies in small parts of the beach and about how Alfred Ehrhardt inspires him.
David Batchelder (b. 1939 in Titusville, Pennsylvania), college professor and school principal-retired, holding B.A., M.A. and M.F.A. in Art / Photography. His works have been on show in both single and group exhibitions. Batchelder‘s photographs are part of public collections such as the Addison Gallery of American Art, das Fogg Art Museum of the Harvard University und the George Eastman House.
The talk will be in English.
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