We live in a visu­al world. But can we trust our eyes? Inter­net and social chan­nels as visu­al, image-rich media increas­ing­ly influ­ence our every­day life. They change our idea and con­cep­tu­al­iza­tion of real­i­ty. The indi­vid­ual receives, desired or unwant­ed, a mul­ti­tude of images and infor­ma­tion. They find them­selves in a per­ma­nent process of eval­u­a­tion and com­par­i­son — and must con­stant­ly posi­tion them­selves with­in this process. Cer­tain­ties dis­solve, uncer­tain­ty arises.

The series “Water Masks” plays with this theme. As if through a dis­tort­ing mir­ror, it shows the vari­a­tion of one and the same per­son. How­ev­er, an intu­itive, quick recog­ni­tion and clas­si­fi­ca­tion of the coun­ter­part is not pos­si­ble. The view­er reg­is­ters the famil­iar as well as the alien­at­ing. He rec­og­nizes indi­vid­ual parts, but can­not grasp the face as a whole and must ulti­mate­ly allow the per­son behind it to remain hid­den. Often, how­ev­er, a judg­ment and clas­si­fi­ca­tion begins. But what do we see? What is real­i­ty, what is our pro­jec­tion? What can we see? What do we want to see?

Marc-Oliv­er Schulz. Stud­ied pho­tog­ra­phy at Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­ty of Applied Sci­ences and Arts, grad­u­at­ing with a degree in design. Lives in Ham­burg and works as a free­lance pho­tog­ra­ph­er in the field of cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions. In his artis­tic works he asks ques­tions about the rep­re­sentabil­i­ty of real­i­ty in photography

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