Literary Nonfiction. Photograpy. Jörg Rubbert started in the early 80s with his long-running photo series about people on the beach. He might have felt the longing in himself and therefore approached the topic intuitively—but this remains pure speculation. In the end it all comes down to the same theme: resting on the beach—looking out to sea and gazing a view on the horizon. Throughout time people all over the world have yearned for leisure, freedom and happiness. What remains is this inimitable feeling of enjoying and holding on to the moment without appointments, without deadlines, without obligations.
The main intent of this photo book is to capture this feeling and put it on film—Jörg Rubbert used traditional film for the series—and to represent the very own satisfaction of needs and freedom of each of us. The picture series shown covers a period of more than 30 years and spans—even if on closer inspection the places seem to be interchangeable—from the board walks on Americas East and West Coast to the beach promenades along the Côte d'Azure. Rubbert took the pictures with 35 mm and mid-range cameras on traditional analog color film. He relies solely on the existing lighting—no artificial light, no flash or other technical finesse added. And even during the printing process there were no manipulation. The finished C-Prints are atmospheric pictures, mostly rich in contrast but sometimes somewhat grainy.
Jörg Rubbert was born near Hamburg. From 2009- 2014 Jörg Rubbert was a member of the group of photographers in Berlin named Atelier Freier Fotografen (aff) and subscribes to the humanistic direction of photography which focusses on the person in his social context.
Author City: BERLIN GER