(c) Arno Hassler, Paysages urbains, Biel/Bienne, Zentralplatz Nacht, 2007, Privatbesitz.
(c) Arno Hassler, Paysages urbains, Biel/Bienne, Zentralplatz Nacht, 2007, Privatbesitz.

Paysages urbains, seit 2007, work in progress

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It is unusual to see panoramic views of the cities of Biel/Bienne, Bern, Geneva and Cairo. Not onlydo they give a vision of the whole but they also provoke a sense of vertigo, as the familiar becomes foreign. This sensation results from the eye being unable to follow the visual angle here, as thephotographer’s perspective of the various places and neighbourhoods extends beyond the 360 degrees. The human eye cannot encompass an angle of view greater than 140 degrees. To createthis effect, Arno Hassler uses a panoramic lens he created himself, in the form of a detachable cylinder with a circular and continuous angle.The picture is taken as a circular and panoramic shot before being displayed to the spectator in two dimensions. What is normally captured by turning on the camera’s axis becomes visible bymeans of a fixed point. The composition within the photograph obeys its own rules and moves beyond the limits of its perception. There is no vanishing point for the eye to use as an angle of reference.Different fields of depth must be taken in, as the horizon lines are asymmetrical. Moving beyond 360 degrees has the effect of creating an overlap between the beginning andthe end. The illusion of continuous movement is reinforced by this carry-over in the sequence. During the exposure time, the starting point has changed: objects have moved and shifted to anotherplace by the time the shot has been completed.

Arno Hassler(1954, Donat) lebt und arbeitet in Crémines und Zürich. Seit seiner Ausbildung zum Lehramt für bildende Kunst in Basel,arbeitet er als Fotograf und als Drucker für Lithografie und Tiefdruck im Atelier de Gravure in Moutier. Er nahm unteranderem an der Ausstellung Weltbilder 3 im Helmhaus in
Zürich teil.

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