Silver / 2016 / Portraiture / Children
Silver in Portraiture/Children
Christiane von Enzberg, was born in the black forest in Germany. After studying photography in Berlin at the¨Lette Verein¨ in the early nineties, she started photographing feature stories for various national and international magazines with the main focus on portraiture and reportage photography. In 2002 she moved to Barcelona. Third Prize at the 2016 Fine Art Photography Award, People, Category. Nomenee at the 2016 Fine Art Photography Award, Photomanipulation, Category.
I‘ ve chosen the stage-like ,black background,to create a little theater play.With all photorealistic
clearness,I want to give my pictures a poetic aspect and a touching esthetic, without denying the protagonists their
childish character, and taking them seriously in their play, emphasizing their real characters.
The images are photographed and than embroidered on photographic baryt paper.
Children want many things and they love masquerading
themselves and trying different identeties.In the age between
7 and 10 years, the ‚middle childhood‘,their fantasy let them
overcome the barriers easily between reality and
imagination.For some oblivious hours,they are able to slip into
different roles and thanks for the intensity of their
imagination they are not only able to experience their storys-no,
they live them.They turn from actors of their
fantasy to princesses and princes,fighters,heroes,legend figures.
They don‘t need costumes,just their imagination.
Nevertheless,the metarmorphosis doesn‘t proceed only inside
them,it has a visual external effect.
They keep childlike and themselves and at the same time they
radiate the grace,the willingness,the pride and the
courage of the figures,from wich they adopt the roles in the
play.With my photo project ‚MiniHeroes‘ I capture this fantastic,
enviable metarmophosis. To visualise the basis
of pure imagination, I add for each child the symbolic accessory
with needle and thread into the photographic reality
of each portrait.