I spent 2010 and 2011 living and studying in Berlin, Germany. Being there, I suddenly felt as though an enormous history hung over me like an omnipresent spirit. It wasn’t just that the country had had a long history; it was the significance of the events that had taken place over the last 100 or so years that drew me in. In this environment I felt like I had an opportunity to capture history, to try and record it on film as something more than what was physically there. However I faced a particular problem; how could I capture this history I was ‘feeling’ using a camera? Would I ever capture it?
Hardy Lohse is a third year ANU Photomedia student. He has studied Visual Arts for the past three years, including spending a year at the Universität der Künste in Berlin, Germany, winning the Nigel Thompson travelling scholarship and the Vice Chancellor’s grant for outstanding achievement. Hardy has had work published in national newspapers and magazines and was a lead photographer for a book on twenty Australian Indigenous Doctors. He has had a solo show, the Longstaff Street Soiree and has been involved in a number of group exhibitions in Australia and teaches photography at a high school level. He works primarily in still analogue photography and combines traditional and digital printing methods in his work.