Artist of the Day…Jan Von Holleben
Jan Von Holleben‘s photos are really great to me because they’re whimsical, imaginative, and even inspiring in a way. You see, Von Holleben’s images are created utilizing the people around him, places, around him, and found objects to convey the worlds and themes of whatever project he’s working on. I like most of his images that depict people as being larger than life – the illusion is created by having the subjects lie down while Von Holleben shoots above them..
The same technique is utilized to create images that place everyday people in impossible situations. In some cases, everyday objects like duvet covers are used to create a world that would be impossible otheriwse…
Von Holleben’s images aren’t always fanciful though. For example, his “Where We Laughed” series depicts various locations around Berlin where people go to have non-monogamous sex…and possibly infecting themselves with HIV at the same time. The goal here was to highlight a normal part of human interaction while bringing awareness to the importance of being safe and healthy.
Von Holleben picked up a camera at 13 and began learning through creating “magical tricks” with the camera. After obtaining a degree in the theory and history of photography, Von Holleben has made a name for himself in commercial photography. He’s done numerous group and solo exhibitions and his work has been in many magazines and books.
His work is self-described as ‘homo-ludens’ which means ‘a man who learns through play’. That is certainly evident in his photography style…it’s wonderful & creative – I thoroughly enjoy this!