FASHION AND PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY WITH AN EMPHASIS ON ANALOG APPROACHES

Known for his surreal, dark and mystic portraits, Oliver Blohm was recently hailed as
“one of the most interesting upcoming photography talents in Germany” by FLAIR Magazine.
Working on the fine line between painting and photography, his experimental image making
produces unique effects which challenge the borders of traditional analog processes.
The unconventional approach he employs has carried his photographs from Iceland to India,
the USA to Russia and earned him a place in Zitty Magazine as one of Berlin's
new artists to watch in 2016.

Oliver Blohm was born in 1987 in Schwerin, and grew up in a small village in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Surrounded by nature he developed a special connection with light – and the people around him.
Even as a schoolboy he was drawn to photography; an interest through which he grew artistically
from 2007 onwards during his studies in Wismar. It was here he began to experiment in the darkroom
with alternative techniques for developing his analogue film materials. This lead to various photo-media projects
and publications, and finally his decision to move to Berlin in 2011 to explore new paths and put his
theory into practice. Having access to more diverse subjects in the German capital,
he could finally begin to search for new identities to create his characters.
Taking light as one of his main sources of inspiration and as his most important tool
at the same time, he uses the camera as an extension – inhaling the moments he creates
and transforming them into works of unconventional beauty.

Fashion photography in which the garments merge hypnotically with the human form combines
with portrait photography; showing as it were a dark soul – fuelled by desire, compulsion and
yet with the innermost beauty and strength. His still life captures serve as snapshots from a long forgotten era.
Mostly black and white, his photographs play with light – the carefully-placed shadows as integral as the blur
and multiple exposures of the film itself. Oliver Blohm recognises the camera as an extension of his own body;
the perfect fusion between subject and object. Due to the long exposure time of the camera,
standing there in the middle of the room, there's time for the moment to breathe.
In this way, that time can be lent to the moment.

For the last two years it has been Blohm's dedication to the art of large-format 8x10 photography
that has earned him a name for himself in the photography sphere. Similar to his microwave manipulations,
his innovative techniques using Impossible film materials have captured the interest of collaborators and
clients from around the globe – even to the far reaches of the desert in Qatar.
His works have so far been featured in various publications from around the world,
and placed in exhibitions all over Europe alongside artists such as Gerhard Richter,
Georg Baselitz, Markus Lüpertz, Rose-Lynn Fischer, Ellen von Unwerth, Allison Mosshart and Jack White.

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