everything has three sides:
the side you see
the side I see and
the side we both don’t see
(old chinese piece of wisdom)
starting from this old chinese piece of wisdom, “synoshots” try to make the third, unknown side visible.
looking at an object, a picture or a situation from different angels gives rise to different perceptions of the same thing. only by changing views we really learn how to watch AND think thoroughly, practice taking new perspectives and thereby add new impulses to our own lives. this is a thing of utmost importance in our globalized world, which is characterized by ever fewer people courageous enough to challenge established views and to accept different approaches to the same problem. photos in a chronological order already comprise change but also reflect a selection by the photographer.
my pictures show a single thing at a single point in time from different perspectives. i think that this approach is important also for our daily life, that it is important to be understanding, tolerant and open for different views of our world’s problems and to be receptive for the third perspective.
the idea of synoshots was born when I had the possibility to take photos of PAULUS MANKERS production of “ALMA” at the roigkhalle in wr. neustadt. there is no stage in the play “ALMA”. different scenes of the life of ALMA MAHLER are performed in different locations and rooms at the same time. the audience choses a scene and can move around freely between different locations. this allows the visitor to find new and surprising aspects of the story, no matter how often he or she attended the play already. i found the idea of different perspectives appealing and started to work on its photographical implementation and on experimenting with perspectives. that was the birth of the project “synoshot” that I have been advancing since.
syno = point of view, view, aspect, line of sight, perspective, angle, standpoint, sight, field of vision, perception, standpoint
shots = photographic term for a photo
synoshots are taken – after intensive consideration of possible scenarios and points of view before and in the course of the shooting – by a „mastercam“ (operated by myself) and at least one further „slavecam“. the more slavecams involved in the shoot, the more intensive, complex and elaborate the moment of taking the picture gets. the cameras are positioned on tripods around the motive and are synchronized with the release of the mastercam. the pictures are then assembled and finalized on the computer.