Vocation Inspiration: Jürgen Heckel
I’ve been hijacked by my overloaded hard drive. Every time I edit an image stored on it the process is unbearably slow. The one terabyte drive is full mainly as a result of my photographic hoarding tendencies; it holds almost every photo I’ve taken in the last ten years. Incidentally, I realized I haven’t printed a single one of these photos. As a result I’m going through my backlog, and doing some editing, before I print and/or post my personal favourites.
In scouring the Internet for editing ideas I came across many artists I thought could inspire y’all and by documenting them online they could serve as a creative reference point for my own work. As a photographer, I’m still finding my personal style, but I’m obsessing over images that are emotionally evocative and also visually minimal. So welcome to my new blog series – vocation inspiration – featuring artists whose work fits within these constructs.
Here I’ve featured the work of Jürgen Heckel, a German sound artist and photographer. For me, his images are pure winter: silent, harsh and haunting. I’m fascinated by their surreal quality. The world he creates is futuristic but old-world at the same time. I feel like I’ve woken up in Westeros (Game of Thrones) and realized I’m about to be abducted by aliens … but maybe that’s just me.
To see more of Jürgen’s work, or to purchase prints, check out his Tumblr account.