Moving in space. Frozen in time.
by Albert Kuiper
About the Book
Steinmannli, way markers, are a common sight up in the Alps in Switzerland: a stack of grey stones. This book shows that Steinmannli can be made with real characters and with colorful dresses. They fit in harmoniously in the palette of the valleys and rivers of the mountains. The stones are white, pink or red marble here, black granite there, yellow sandstone or green and almost black serpentinite that give simultaneous contrasts of colors and forms . The stones are polished from ages of washing with melting water. Or they are rough-cut minerals and rocks higher up in the mountain. They form real personalities: 'Steinmannli' - small stone (wo)men.
All pages are full-bleed: page filling photographs, with an intro and descriptions on the last page. It's clarity makes it an ideal eBook!
The book inspires with the clear pictures that show how these statuettes are Outstanding Stones, Moving in space but frozen in time. A fleeting memory of travels to Graubünden in Switzerland turns into an art.
See for a more detailed picture http://www.flickr.com/photos/8534659@N02/sets/72157608816617502/
Albert has been active as a photographer for forty years, always with a Leica rangefinder. It allows contact with the subject during shooting. You can't hide. Professionally for the last 25 years he has worked as a management consultant in the telecom and public sector (collections, enforcement, investigations) areas, worldwide. He has an early background in art history. It is the total lifecycle of man and nature that are most gratifying. He holds degrees in art history (RU Groningen), management (EUR, Rotterdam) and telecommunications (TU Delft).