Britta Jaschinski 出生於德國Bremen,目前活躍於倫敦攝影圈,使用Nikon傳統相機與黑白底片創作,擅長以動物與自然風景為創作題材,近期重要的展覽經歷為2011年盧森堡 Ville de Differdange個展、2006年於德國Reutlingen歷史博物館個展、2003 年於倫敦 Hackelbury藝廊個展;得獎經歷為歐洲野生攝影年度大獎(GDT European WildlifePhotographer of the Year)、年度野生動物攝影師大獎(Wildlife Photographer ofthe Year)、倫敦攝影獎(London Photographic Award)等。

Jaschinski 專注拍攝野生動物題材,在她著名的幾個系列中,可以看見她對於動物生命的關注與表態。在〈動物之殤〉(Broken Animals)系列中,她捕捉馬戲團與馴獸師的形象,動物們被囚禁、束縛與被強迫的面貌,驚嚇與無助的神情;在〈黑暗〉(Dark)系列中則拍攝黑夜中的動物,以強烈的光影對比、動態與慢速快門的交替,使動物形體籠罩白色殘影,影像如同黑白色的剪紙圖形,某些影像則擁有銳利的輪廓,黑夜與白晝的映照,表現了動物靈魂中的純粹與野性;在〈野生〉(Wild Things)系列中則強調動物的特寫與自然景物的對望,以記錄形式創造出具有詩意的生命篇章;在〈動物園〉(ZOO)系列作品中則可以看見攝影者隔著玻璃拍攝,園區造景與動物生存空間狹小的對應關係,表達出動物們錯置在人造環境中的殘酷與虛無感。

觀察各大國際型攝影比賽,可以發現以動物與自然為題材的攝影者相當多,以世界新聞攝影展(World Press Photo)中的自然(Nature)競賽項目為例,每年皆有大量以動物、環境為題材的作品。相較於這些作品如此銳利地與直接地指控人類殘忍的暴行,Jaschinski 所拍攝的系列作品以內斂沉靜的方式來表現這些自然動物的形象:她將動物視為創作中獨一無二的主角,探究各種動物在人造環境與自然環境中的各種情境,將動物擬人化、注入人類靈魂中的孤獨與疏離感,以獨特的黑白攝影與強烈的光影為動物刻劃出永恆卻又脆弱的真實感,提示我們各種生命的獨特且絕無僅有的存在。

2014年於Bluerider ART 展出的為〈動物之殤〉與〈黑暗〉系列中的作品:〈孤單的獅子〉(Lone Lioe)、〈表演〉(The Performance)、〈空靈存在〉(Ethereal Presence)、〈終身牢籠〉(A Cage for a Lifetime)等精彩的攝影作品,從中可以看見 Britta Jaschinski 對於動物的關懷與探究生命本質的情感表現。

Britta Jaschinski, is one of the premier contemporary photographers engaged in the work of representing animals. Born in 1965 in Bremen, Germany, she has lived and worked in London since 1993, after completing a degree in photography at the Arts University Bournemouth in South England.

Jaschinski is a photographer of nature – but not in its conventional forms. While her work encompasses the inherent beauty and purity of the natural world, she is also keenly attuned to the frailty of nature: its susceptibility to manipulation and desecration at the hands of its most self-important element, homo sapiens.

In the 1990s, Jaschinski worked extensively to document the sad and scary world of captive animals in zoos. Her portraits of these animals were poignant and often pathetic. Dark, disjointed representations of creatures in concrete and metal compounds conveyed the displacement that characterized their existence. ZOO gained her instant recognition in 1996 following a show at the Photographers Gallery in London and an accompanying book, depicting haunting black and white images from zoos around the world (published by Phaidon Press). There followed a series of awards.

Her book WILD THINGS was launched in 2003, published by Thames & Hudson UK. Wild Things combines photography of animals and landscape in a way that prompts people to determine for ourselves the relationship between living creatures and their environment. The world seen here is majestic, transcendent, but also, suddenly, threatened. Despite its inherent power, it could easily become barren, sterile, toxic. Nature is out there, universal and eternal, and then, perhaps, it is gone.

Between 2005 and 2010 Jaschinski worked on DARK, a series of images looking at the otherness of animals. These images are profoundly troubling. They feature individual animals in settings that are often disorienting — against blank backdrops — because they are unnatural: many of the animals we see are starkly alienated from their natural habitat. The aesthetic of her photography exacerbates viewers’ sense of disorientation as we look at images that are dark, or grainy, or blurry, or silhouetted, or otherwise weirdly lit and brusquely cropped.

In 2012 and in 2014 she travelled to China and documented animals at their worse suffering. These animals are shoddy, tatty, broken. We cannot help but flinch away from meeting their gaze, with the embarrassing consciousness that we (as a species) are responsible for their suffering. These encounters portray nothing but constraint and torture: unimaginable abrogation of the animals’ normalcy, their autonomy, and their happiness. This is what happens to animals in the clutches of human culture. Her photographs are an homage to the animal’s nobility and an angry protest at their constraints.

Jaschinski’s work is published and exhibited world-wide. She has received a number of major awards.

Written by Randy Malamud, Author

 

Select Solo Exhibitions

2015Festival Photo MontierFrance
2014Bluerider ART Gallery Taipei
2013International Nature Photo FestivalLuenen, Germany
2012WildPhotos, Image PresentationLondon
2011Ville de DifferdangeLuxemburg
2009Kuusamo Nature PhotoFinland
2006Natural History Museum ReutlingenGermany
2004Gallery 11Hamburg
2003Hackelbury GalleryLondon
1999Norwich Art GalleryEngland
1998Hohenthal und BergenBerlin
1998Portfolio GalleryEdinburgh
1998PlanetarioPamplona, Spain
1997Hartlepool Art GalleryEngland
1997Kathleen Ewing GalleryWashington DC
1996Dick InstituteKilmarnock, Scotland
1996Impressions GalleryYork, England
1995Photographers' GalleryLondon

Select Group Exhibitions

2016BBC Wildlife Photographer of the YearWorld Tour
2015WPY | Natural History Museum LondonLondon
2013GDT European Wildlife PhotographerGermany Tour
2013The Gallery ProjectMichigan, USA
2011BBC Wildlife Photographer of the YeaWorld Tour
2010Naturkunde MuseumBerlin
2010Musée d'Histoire NaturelleMusée d'Histoire Naturelle
2009Richard Young GalleryLondon
2008The Gallery ProjectMichigan, USA
2003Hatton GalleryNewcastle, England
2001Artomatic GalleryLondon
1997Center for Contemporary ArtGlasgow, Scotland
1995Goethe InstituteLondon
1993ICA Mall GalleriesLondon

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