reflected faith über christian greller
Let’s start by saying that Christian is self-taught, and his passion for photography started by watching shorts by director Richard Kern. After trying to shoot some short movies too, being the result not what he hoped for, he begin using photography to express himself.
With his camera (he shoots digitally and adds subsequently, warm and analog-like effects in post production) he tries to describe and obtain such moods as solitude, melancholy and mourning. It’s not a case that he often shoots in cemeteries and abandoned buildings.
Among his inspirations he names Matthias Lueger, Aëla Labbé, Sabekr and Francesca Woodman whose influence can be clearly seen on the series ” The Leipzig Diaries”.
His female portraits are the most interesting to me, the influence of Church brutalities is clearly evident, and he confirms to be somewhat scared by certain cruel religious scenes as the crucifixion and the images of bleeding saints often depicted in paintings.
The women he shoots are pale, white dressed, often resembling ghosts of the past, or tortured souls searching for some peace. In an imaginary photographic current I would put Greller together with Matthias Lueger and Michaela Knizova.
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