Lost love is at the centre of Fred Hüning's 'Hotel Bogota Blues', showing at the Photoplatz Gallery in Berlin from 15 January to 28 February 2016. Twenty women have posed for the photographer as abandoned lovers in different rooms of the 'Hotel Bogota' in Berlin.
Relationships, pain, endings and loss
Intimate and personal, the series 'Hotel Bogota Blues' was shot in 2013 at the Bogota, a legendary artists hotel in Berlin. The images were not pre-meditated, but evolved from the spatial layout of each room – many of which the photographer entered with no prior knowledge, just as though he and his subjects were indeed guests checking into a hotel.
Hüning feels that in Germany, personal photography quickly tends to be dismissed as navel-gazing. Yet he deems his work to be strong and honest precisely because of its personal nature. The project was initially inspired by the song 'Hotel zur Einsamkeit' (Loneliness Hotel) by Erika Pluhar, alluding to a woman who spends a night and a day alone in a hotel room, reminiscing over passionate times with a lost love.
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