Colour photography distils the colours of a single view in a fraction
of a second – the time it takes for a shutter to open and close.
Although these colours are constantly visible to us whilst looking at
the endlessly rich world of imagery surrounding us, they always
remain surface and thus attribute as well as bearer of meaning for
the photographed forms in question.
These images dissolve this correlation, without destroying it. The
colours as such are made visible, without disputing their origin.
This parallel perceptivity of motif and colour defines the viewer’s
The multiple symmetry within a square creates a strong spatial sense
and focuses the view towards the middle of the image. At this point,
motif and colour intersect. The view breaks through the moment of
recognizing the still, until then, abstract image. The sensory
sensation caused by the colours must make way for the stored feeling
that belongs to the motif.”
Extract from a user guide for the photography series Johannesburg by Nils Eichberg
Nils Eichberg was born in Germany. He came to South Africa one year ago and lives and works as an architect in Johannesburg.