About the artist
Painting with sunlight means waiting, patience and the right eye "click"!
Christian Schuster. Enthusiast. Passionate. Skilled. Still-lifer (alternatively: photographer) with heart and soul. The search for the perfect motif is his drive - the simplicity and clarity of the perfect moment is his mission. His works show one thing above all: the magic of the right eye "click"!
Christian Schuster founded the rock band "THE LUMBERMEN" when he was still at school. With this band he often played in discos and at school parties together with Marius Müller-Westernhagen and his former band "Harakiri Whoome" as well as "Kraftwerk". In his secondary school years, he had art lessons with Bert Gerresheim, Gotthard Graubner and Heinz Mack. He describes this phase as "an important and formative experience". After graduating from high school, it was clear to him that he wanted to pursue an artistic profession. He decided to train as an advertising photographer. He was fascinated by still life. It was only after his training that he assisted Chareles Compere and Klaus Ohlenforst, and in 1982 he met Manfred Vogelsänger, an advertising photographer who was active worldwide. He worked as a still-life photographer in Vogelsänger's studio in Düsseldorf until 1985. In 1985, Christian Schuster set up his own photo studio, naturally as a still-life photographer! Since his field of activity was exclusively in the "dark" studio, he decided to pack his 8×10 inch Sinar camera for the first time in 1990 to undertake photo trips in the Southwest of the USA. This is where he created his "Landscapes" until 1995. He had various exhibitions in Düsseldorf, Aachen and Cologne between 1994 and 1998 with photos from these trips.
Works | Series
Landscapes - is Christian Schuster's photo series, which he produced between 1990 and 1993 during his three photo journeys through the south-west of the USA. Until then, his main photographic field was studio photography, mainly for consumer electronics and food. His ambition was always not only to put products in the right perspective, but especially to recreate the "normal" light of our sun in the studio. So what could be more natural, after many years of bringing in the light from outside in the darkened studio, to simply go outside himself. He packed his Sinar P2 8×10 inch (a studio camera), about 20 film cassettes, numerous lenses, a tripod and off he went. He let the weather, the sun, a compass and the map guide him to the respective location. On the first day, he looked for the camera position at the location and determined, based on the course of the sun, at which time he would return to shoot the photo. Often it was wait-wait-wait for him. But in such a breathtaking landscape, the waiting time is also a pleasure, he says.