"A skyline is unique and the fingerprint and DNA of that city"

Christopher Hauser at Gallery@LR in London

by eleonora usseglio prinsi
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EXHIBITION _ The Gallery@LR in London hosted until the 3rd of July SKI.LINES, the photographic exhibition by Christopher Hauser.

The German photographer’s work focuses on the beautiful, dramatic and complex scenery of skylines found around the world. Whether it is a soaring skyscraper or a huge city bathing in a beautiful sunset, a city skyline represents our culture through a strong sense of impersonality, depicting structures and patterns of collective existence. In the same way that architecture mirrors our culture through abstract art, urban zones show us interplay between the spaces of leisure and commerce and of history and modernism; and like human beings every building and every skyline is unique.

Singapore - City of Light - 2011; cover: London - New Look - 2012

The photographic exhibition SKY.LINES, is an associated project of the London Festival of Architecture 2014, held in Lloyd’s Register’s iconic Richard Rogers building in London, brings together an impressive collection of urban photography from cities including Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Singapore. Hauser has captured these landmark cities in striking lights and perspectives, aiming to encapsulate their true characters and dynamics, showing how cultures form skylines into unique fingerprints.

Dark Metroplois  Tokyo

Learning more about urban planning and architecture in the recent years helped me to develop a greater appreciation for the skylines of mega-cities. The core of mega-cities across the world is the cultural pulse and economic engines of urban regions where millions of people live. " said the photographer Christopher Hauser "A skyline is unique and the fingerprint and DNA of that city. All urban life begins each day and ends each night under the watch of the city's tallest skyscrapers and most grand architectural structures. Skylines reflect and influence cultures, lifestyles and quality of life of the people who live there.” 

Looking Down_New York_2009

Hauser’s Arca Swiss Rm3di camera allows for a stunning degree of detail (around 200 million pixels) at an impressively grand scale (up to three metres in width), drawing the viewer into the picture, giving them the chance to experience the moment in the same way the photographer did at the point of capture.

The images in SKY.LINES are able to evoke the power of a building or the pulse of a city, not just through the immense dimensions, the brilliance of the colours and depth, but in the small and various, clearly visible details that come to light in the background of the photograph. It is physically impossible for the human eye to see so far and register so many details in real life, and the perfection of the composition and exposition gives an idea of the technical effort that has gone into the work.

Path of Light_London_2012

SKY.LINES 29th May - 3rd July 2014
Gallery@LR, Lloyd’s Register
71 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 4BS