Is this fiction or reality? This is the question underlying the series – the images provoke the viewer question what they see. Is this a picture of a warm rain forest or a cold German mixed forest? Are these animals really living in this forest or is it a giant zoo? Is it a future world without humans where the animals had re-conquered there original habitat?
The images in the series are in fact produced by combine two photographs – one taken in a forest and one taken at a zoo. I try always to create a universe that runs parallel to but ultimately departs from our own, existing in the ambiguous realm between real life and make-believe.
I was photographing deer in a forest in Germany when I had the idea of simulating the image with a more exotic species, and this led to the series. The forest in this picture is the famous 'Teutoburger Wald' in the middle of Germany and the animals are from Zoos around Germany. The animal photographs are mostly digital and the photographs of the forests are all analogue, taken on a medium format 6x6 camera, which are developed using traditional chemical processing before scanning the negatives.
Frank Machalowski GERMANY
I'm Frank Machalowski, a german photographic artist and photographer, born in Berlin who lives and work in Leipzig today. After studying economics in Berlin and work as an business consultant for 14 years, I work as a freelance photographer and artist since 2011.
My majors are on the city and the countryside type of photography - two opposite fields, with all their major differences and their potential for a perfect interaction. I am currently a listed photographer at the Art Photo Index (www.artphotoindex.com) and LensCulture (lensculture.com), and also a member of a permanent collection of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France in Paris.
Some of my photographs were shown in Germany, France, USA, India, UK and Italy at galleries and festivals.
For my artistic projects I work mainly with analogue photographic techniques.
selected Exhibitions & Awards
2013 solo exhibition in Berlin at Lomography Gallery Store
2013 solo exhibition in Berlin at „Fenster61“
2013 1st Place at the international fine art photography award in Paris (Architecture)
2014 solo exhibition in Potsdam at „Fotogallerie Potsdam“
2014 MIFA Moscow International Foto Award 2nd place in Professional Architecture
2014 Europäischer Förderpreis für Fotografie 2014 – Hoepfner Stiftung
2015 Golden Camera Award / Kiev UA - 1st Place in professional Architecture
2015 National Museum of T.Shevchenko / Kiev UA - Winners Gallery - group exhibition
2015 Carpentier Galerie / Berlin - Berlin Photography - group exhibition
2015 Tetenal B/W European Classics Award – 1st Place Germany in Animals
2015 Fine Art Photography Awards 2015 - 1st Place in Architecture
2015 Carpentier Galerie / Berlin - multiexpo/tierwald - solo exhibition
2015 The Royal Photographic Society / UK - Silver Award - International Print Exhibition
2015 Royal Albert Hall / London - International Print Exhibition 158 - group exhibition
2016 RevelaT Photography Festival / Barcelona – multiexpo-tierwald-monster – group exhibition
2016 IHK / Leipzig – Tiere, Monster, Geister – solo exhibition
2016 London Photo Festival - 1stPlace – Abstract FineArt
2017 Fineart Photography Award - 2nd Place – FineArt
2018 Monochrome Awards 2017 - 1stPlace - Fine Art Photographer of the year (Professional)
2018 Fang Studio / Leipzig D - monster - solo exhibition
2019 Sony World Photography Awards 2019 - Shortlist - Open Architecture
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