Lutz / Guggisberg
Loch im Spiegel
Loch im Spiegel (“Hole in the Mirror”) is the result of photo shoots at faraway places in the world : a market in a suburb of Beijing, a pool of water in a gravel pit in Hungary, a bike cellar in Meilen, a junk-shop window in Höngg, a fashion display window in Naples, the door latch of a cemetery in Sweden, the smoking lounge in the Bern city theater — a torero concentrates, long exposure through an airplane window during landing somewhere, bottom view of a cave bear skeleton in front of a Jugendstil railing in front of Lascaux paintings in the bones museum of Paris, the deepsea diver from Gijon, the red dear at the airport toilet in Kiruna, and more. Close to a thousand photos were taken over a period of two years from which about seventy were selected for the series Loch im Spiegel. Of particular interest are the passageways, caves, windows, tunnels, mirrors and reflections that have been compiled into something resembling a fantastical journey through civilization.
Like a worm that eats its way through an apple, man grows through life. The layer of civilization — usually about thirty meters thick — between mother and ether makes up the material through which he drills, rummages and digs.
Archeology of the Present.
Sites of observation and of discovery, stations, arbitrary and yet inevitably of a subjective viewpoint. Thousands of intricate pathways. A cosmic network of routes. Huge rhizome. One of these is documented in the photo series. Tunnel vision of the world’s most beautiful Sustenpass. Sublime and barren places : industrial wastelands, art and nature museums, zoos, train stations, porous recesses, incidental constellations, high und low: the photographer is reflected in Caesar’s death mask; the other one discovers a broken mirror table on the side of the road.