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Detlef Orlopp

Galerie Karsten Greve | Paris

Detlef Orlopp’s black and white photographs are not conventional landscapes and seascapes but moments of nature in two dimensions. Expanses of rock or water defined by light and shadow, texture and pattern, his images are virtually devoid of depth. There is none of the Sturm and Drang of the great outdoors, no plunging perspectives or distant horizons, not even the most rudimentary clues of scale to tell us that “here” is closer than “there.” What is left, once all the scenographic trappings have been cropped away, is nature as presence rather than setting: the grainy ridges of a mountainside, the sensual furrows at the foot of a hill, the endless varieties of ripples across the surface of the sea.

At first glance, many of these dense, depthless images look like drawings or prints, monochromatic projections of inner landscapes combining abstraction properties with (photo)realistic detail.

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