About the Book
A photographic homage from Hans Peter Föllmi to those architects, who proved over the last 100 years, that stones can be alive.
Living Stones shows that architecture has a strong connection with people in their natural, social and cultural environment. However the main issue is not the organic character of the buildings, but the principles itself, which accomplish harmony between people and architecture. Like music can bring about a harmonic timbre in our hearing, it is visible if the compositions of the individual bricks are in harmony.
The human eye will not only be gratified by rhythm and arrangement for example, due to the Golden Section, but also by colour and form.
The human dimension has a positive effect on our psyche as well, because it fits in our sensory perception. Inside this spectrum everything should be, however, within, there is a lot of latitude as the photographs will show you.
My photography is characterized by the fascinating way in how form and colour are influenced by the ever altering light. It is my main motive to catch just that image. There is no difference in the process, whether it is about landscape or an object in space, I am always looking for the surprising stillness in which tranquillity and abstraction are returning elements. By constantly abstracting and minimising my observations I try to reduce the image back to its bare essence. This is my objective. Nothing more and nothing less. In my opinion personal engrossment in the theme - be it in a literally or figurative way - will result in a better image. This documentarily approach - in combination with a conceptual point of view - is the foundation of my vision on photography. The choice of themes is mostly from a social-welfare engagement with: spatial planning, architecture, infrastructure, nature and the urban environment as the main discipline.