PEOPLE IN URBAN LANDSCAPES
Every photographer has their moments when the gaze locks in, and the brain prompts to press the shutter release almost intuitively. Everyone has their triggers. For Guido Klumpe, it’s an overload of lines, shapes, colours and juxtapositions.
When he walks through the city, he sees fewer concrete buildings, traffic lights, cars or signs. Instead, he sees graphic and visual components arranging around him. In «People in urban landscapes», elements are put together to give shape to the surroundings. Then, he patiently waits to see what happens. Due to the author’s visual impairment, each photograph is carefully composed in a gradual routine. As a result, everything slowly takes its appointed place.
In «People in urban landscapes», the photographer is less interested in showing certain characters on the streets. Rather, he would document light, colours and compositions of urban landscapes with human beings always at the centre.
Guido Klumpe is a German photographer born in 1971 and based in Hanover, Germany. He has been taking photographs since he was sixteen years old. Guido is visually impaired: he is blind in one eye, and the other has a visual capacity of 25%. Moving between the genres of street photography, minimalist photography and abstract photography, he loves to explore and push the limits of genres.
His passion for street photography began in the early nineties on extensive travels through southeast Asia, even though he did not even know that the particular genre existed. Since 2016, he rediscovered his passion for street photography and has not left it since. Through his minimalistic style, he approaches and crosses the boundaries of vision to challenge others’ perspective about what’s usual and what’s not. In 2020, Guido Klumpe won the Minimalist Photography Award and the Paris International Street Photo Award. He was awarded first place in the German Street Photo Festival 2019, amongst others.