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State of Nature

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The Circle of Friends is extending an invitation to an event with Claudius Schulze in the Salon der Fotografie at the F.C. Gundlach library, on May 30 at 19:00.

Equipped with a large format camera, the Hamburg photographer has been working on his project for many years, travelling around 50,000 kilometres all over Europe in his own crane truck, and putting together a series of monumental landscape images. The photo book, that has been published by Hartmann Books, will have its first presentation in Hamburg at the Salon der Fotografie.

Schulze’s series, State of Nature, does an impressive job of showing how structures to protect against natural disasters has become an inevitable part of Europe’s landscapes.

Things that we today consider picturesque idylls are often part of the highly technological transformation of a region. Alpine panoramas are traced with avalanche barriers, the Baltic Sea coast is dotted with wave breakers. Rock fall nets, avalanche walls, and reservoirs to capture and store wild water, help ensure protection against the threat of natural hazards. Every photo shows – more or less visibly – how these protective structures are part of the landscape. The purpose of the pictures is not, however, to turn the limitations between culture and nature into a problem. On the contrary: the photos clearly show how both spheres are interfused.

Further information at: Bibliothek F.C. Gundlach, Claudius Schulze and Hartmann Books

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