July, 2015 (London) – On view from August 14 – October 17, Leica Gallery Salzburg will present large-scale photographs by conceptual London-based artist Rolf Sachs. Camera in Motion: from Chur to Tirano, a project supported by Leica Camera AG, will feature snapshots of the spectacular landscape along the railway line Albula/Bernina, declared a World Heritage Site in 2008 by UNESCO. 13 photographs will unveil the impressive scenery throughout the seasons and varying weather conditions.
Mirrored in the speed of the journey, Sachs’ photographs capture the instant of a fleeting moment, disclosing the inevitable passing of time. Through the contrast of the focused object and passing landscape, Sachs’ pieces levitate between abstraction and reality, photography and painting, the latter suggested by the blurry quality of the landscape that, as if applied by lavish brushstrokes, becomes painterly. Sachs’ subjects are houses, trains, and forests alternately bathed in a mix of light and shadow. Rooted to the ground, they silently witness the train rushing past them.
What the human eye cannot perceive, the camera captures in an instant. Sachs’ experimental approach to photography becomes evident in these surprising images, enabling the viewer to see an unknown reality that goes beyond real-life perception. Gaining its momentum from the train’s growing velocity, Sachs’ exploratory working process seems to take on a life of its own, delivering unforeseen images of a unique and surreal quality.
In this project, Sachs delved into the phenomena of time. Starting in 2012, Sachs performed his photographic experiment over the period of one year. From the window of a moving train, he photographed the scenery along the Rhaetian railway line. The Leica S Camera enabled him to capture the landscape in impressive accuracy despite the train’s high velocity.