Award-winning photographer Florian Müller captures architectural landscapes in beautifully abstracted ways. As an answer to the endless flood of images and greed for perfection existent today, Müller sees the necessity to change perspectives, taking the view into an entirely different direction. Not the image is enough, but the abstraction of the image that reaches into and below the surface of customary patterns of conception. The photographer focuses on the reduction of certain facts, forms and objects, inviting the viewer to supplement the absent with one’s own imagination. „What thematically is not dissolved, receives an invisible layer through the observer, evoking thoughts, associations, emotions and memories“, he explains. For more check out the interview below and visit his website www.iso74.com.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
I am a curiosity-driven photographer who uses his camera as a tool to take a look below the surface of customary patterns of conception.
Whom do you look up to?
To artists and people who don’t fear obstacles. To people who believe in themselves no matter what. I look up to people who think out of the box and who leave the beaten track.
Who or what has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking?
I think there are a lot people who influenced me. My father, who gave me my first camera and taught me the work in the darkroom. My colleagues Nadine Targiel and Michael Streckbein, with them I founded the “jetztzeit Club“, to make our first exhibition happen. And I am always influenced when talking to other people about my work, about what they see. The individual view of the beholder is something that can change my perspective and sometimes reveals unconcious motivations and backgrounds.
How did your photographic career start?
As mentioned, I received my first camera from my father who taught me how to work with it. I’ve been always taking pictures, but it was a long process until I dared to show my work to a bigger audience than my family.
What was your favourite project and why?
Can’t be answered. Of course every actual project is the favourite project. If it was different, I would not work on every project with my whole heart…
How do you define creativity?
Creativity is to be open minded. To dare, the ability to take a broader view.
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
Art is something beautiful but it is a lot of work. Get in contact with the people, have an open ear and eye.
Do you have a favourite quote that describes what you truly believe in?
When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence (Ansel Adams).
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as a photographer?
To be confident in my own work and to show it to people.
What do you know now that you wish you knew at 21?
Patience is not only a virtue. Sometimes it is most important.
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion for photography?
At the moment? No.