Since travelling to Tel Aviv in 2000, reflections in water have
become the central theme of my photographic work.
I walked along the beach and became fascinated by the unpredictable constantly changing light reflected in the sea.
The series of photographs (Play of Light) have a painterly richness, which seems to defy the mechanical nature of the photographic process. The constantly changing shape, rhythm, distortion of the reflections seems to echo the multi-layered nature and unreliability of memory.
Focusing on water reflects the sense of cultural detachment I have felt since moving to England. I feel an observer rather than a participant as I view my surroundings through reflections.
Viewing the results of my photographs the feeling of disconnectedness changes into something I can identify with
and have ownership of.
Working traditionally with medium format and film I have photographed canals in Amsterdam (Resonance) and
The Basingstoke Canal in Surrey (Stille, Winterstille, Icescapes)
and their metamorphosis as they reflect in the water throughout
the seasons. The images have a depth, which lies beneath the surface and permeates the work with a feeling of mystery that is aimed to draw the viewer in. Water resonates with memory,
pictures dissolving into one another coming into focus and fading away. Freezing the motion of water or framing a small part of it,
the image becomes an abstraction, of something that exists only
for the briefest of moments and is totally unrepeatable.
500 Metres Published March 20, 2016
Hiraeth Published February 20, 2016
Woodham Flight Christiane Zschommler Published February 18, 2016
Treescapes, 2008-2014 Published September 27, 2014
Restricted View Published August 08, 2014
GARDENS IN MARRAKECH Published April 22, 2014
Rome 2013 by Christiane Zschommler Published February 25, 2013
Amsterdam Canals Published March 31, 2010