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Interview with EintoeRn


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How would you explain the concept of abstraction/surrealism to someone who has never heard of it before?


An abstract picture (maybe less so a surrealistic picture) requires the imagination, ideas and mind of those who watch it. Such it is not a one way street which transports the artist‘s vision to the watcher, but can at its best be a bidirectional process by giving the watcher the chance to be creative as well. 

  Black.Promise by EintoeRn

What inspires you to use the concept of abstraction/surrealism for your artwork?

 
It is commonplace knowledge that at least since the impact of the technical revolution of electronic media, a flood of pictures hits everyone of us a day by day. Many of these pictures show objects, situations, behaviors, scenes...which we all have seen ever so often with only little variations. Even with perfect technique these sometimes become less interesting to me. 
With (just my personal idea of) abstract photography there is at least a little chance to find some "hidden" or less or common or even new aspects, like of everyday items or of whatever you are able to imagine. Looking for these can almost create the feeling of a treasure hunt - or that of frustration.

What do you want to express with your artwork?

What’s your source of inspiration?


There is no message whatsoever related to my pictures, even to those which have a more conceptual approach. If one or the other of these pictures give the watcher personal associations which are beyond the actual origin this is about as much as I ask for and certainly always a source of joy.


Do you think that the "quality" of an artwork depends more on technical perfection or on the message/expression?

 
Noise, blurring and low contrasts from low quality optical sensors and lenses and long exposure times can certainly be means of artistic expression by their own - like it or not in general or specifically. In all other cases I personally prefer a certain technical quality. But in the end you probably can find as much uninspired stuff with excellent technical quality as you can find interesting stuff with low technical quality - and the other way round.


Who’s your favourite visual artist and why?

 
Robby Müller. Director of photography / cinematographer for movies such as Down by Law, Breaking the Waves, Paris (Texas). Master of reduction, composition, light. Mostly I think of him more as a still photographer than a cinematographer. 
Sure enough, paintings of German expressionists (such as August Macke, Franz Marc, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Otto Müller) and contemporary art (such as Warhol, Stella, Rothko) had a large influence on my visual education and understanding. A larger number of movies, for instance long lens esthetics - as typical for a number of road movies and also the so-called "spaghetti western" from the 70s - certainly also had a certain impact. When I think of "The Graduate", for instance, I remember the pictures (and the music of course) rather than a somehow commonplace adolescence story with a little rebellion in it.


Which groups on dA would you recommend to someone who’s searching for abstract/surreal photography?

 
:iconphotograph-ism: :iconnadcreations: :iconwhoneedscolour: :iconnon-real:

Do you have any advices for absolute beginners or is there anything else that you’d like to say about abstract/surreal photography?

 
Rule 31. "Wander aimlessly most of the time." — Melanie Einzig

Rule 53. "If you’re not sure it’s a picture, shoot it anyway." — Carolyn Drake


Thank you very much, EintoeRn! :handshake:


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:iconpartiallyhere:
partiallyHere Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
very interesting to read.
Ulrich is a great artist, with a unique point of view! :clap: :heart:
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:icondpressedsoul:
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad that you like it, and I agree with your opinion about Ulrich. :nod:
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Nice to see that sometimes Ulrich uses his head for more than a hat rack :lol:
Wonderful job :clap:
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:icondpressedsoul:
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha... :lol:
Thanks a lot, Richard! :ahoy:
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NicPi Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Great interview and the rules are 100% true :-D !
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:icondpressedsoul:
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad that you think so. Thanks a lot! :D
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halcyonshores Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Two of my most favorites dArtists in one place.
Loved it. :nod:;)
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:iconeintoern:
EintoeRn Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug:
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halcyonshores Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap: :tighthug:
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:icondpressedsoul:
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much! :blowkiss:
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halcyonshores Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are most welcome dear Florian.
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:iconkingaagnik:
KingaagniK Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student Photographer
Great interview between two very talented artists! :clap::clap:
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:iconeintoern:
EintoeRn Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much, Kinga :wave:
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:icondpressedsoul:
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad that you think so, thank you so much! :aww:
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feigenfrucht Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks dear Ulrich for mentioning #non-real as a group which includes abstract/surreal art. I really appreciate this support :hug:

And also huge thanks to you dear Florian for this wonderful series of the PE days focusing to abstract and surreal art :heart: Great work and superb done :clap: (Sorry for being so late, my real life work eats nearly all of my time and energy :-))
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:iconeintoern:
EintoeRn Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Das habe ich doch gerne gemacht. So viel Engagement auch :wow:
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:iconfeigenfrucht:
feigenfrucht Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug: Das freut mich wirklich sehr
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:iconeintoern:
EintoeRn Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Klar doch, Erdtrud ;-)
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:iconfeigenfrucht:
feigenfrucht Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:blowkiss:
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:icondpressedsoul:
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much, and no worries...I have a real life as well. ;) :hug:
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:iconfeigenfrucht:
feigenfrucht Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:lol: You are more than welcome. ... :phew:
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:iconalisinwonder:
alisinwonder Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
a great and interesting interview with a great artist :clap:
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:iconeintoern:
EintoeRn Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:blowkiss:
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:iconalisinwonder:
alisinwonder Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
:heart:
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:iconeintoern:
EintoeRn Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Now it is your turn, as I have noticed :iconbummiesplz:
BIG CONGRATULATIONS !
:whisper: can you send me printable version so that I can read in restfully offscreen ????
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:iconalisinwonder:
alisinwonder Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
thanks, dear :D
:whisper: restfull offscreen :?:? what is that :confused:

:email:
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:iconeintoern:
EintoeRn Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Printing out and lying on the couch, for instance ;-)
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:iconalisinwonder:
alisinwonder Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
:whisper: watch a film instead
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:iconeintoern:
EintoeRn Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
stupid you :hug:
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:icondpressedsoul:
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad that you enjoyed, thanks a lot! :bow:
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alisinwonder Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
for sure, for sure :hug:
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MorwenM Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Interesting interview, is good to know the ideas behind the artist. :)
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:iconeintoern:
EintoeRn Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for calling it ideas ;-) :handshake:
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MorwenM Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
haha, no problem :)
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:icondpressedsoul:
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :)
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:iconinsolitus85:
insolitus85 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice interview! :D
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:iconeintoern:
EintoeRn Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Kind thanks, Rowan :handshake:
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:iconinsolitus85:
insolitus85 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I enjoyed reading it. And I'm a big fan of Rule 31 :D
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:iconeintoern:
EintoeRn Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
So am I, so am I ;-) Thanks again !
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:icondpressedsoul:
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks. :)
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:iconwdwparksgal:
WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
This has been added to the Interview section at #DevNews, which will be posted August 10th.
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:iconeintoern:
EintoeRn Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for your support. This is much appreciated !
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:iconwdwparksgal:
WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
if I fail to leave a comment on interviews and other articles, just let me know and I will get them added to #DevNews
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:icondpressedsoul:
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:thanks:
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional Photographer
Ulrich is one of my favorite artist for quite a while now... it's great to see him get appreciation.

he is the master of interesting thirds.
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:iconeintoern:
EintoeRn Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Lately I was suspecting that you might like my photos ;-) Thank you so much also at this place here, Dennis :handshake:
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional Photographer
:peace:
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:icondpressedsoul:
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad that you like it, Dennis. :bow:
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
:peace:
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Pierre-Lagarde Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
:D :hug: guys, a great interview and thanks again for the group(s) ;)
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