Natural Encounters by Calin Kruse
“In the primary silence vibrates the Word, traditionally conceived as a union of thought and rhythm, language and heart, originating gods, celestial bodies and the land with the creatures that inhabit it.” At the origin of creation, as narrated in a cosmogonic Indian myth, it was Death who had the hegemony of control.
“Natural encounters“ is a visual investigation of the relationship between animals and humans sharing one habitat.
While all species can, at least in theory, adapt or take advantage of human settlements, the encounters between them often result in conflicts, mistrust and fear – if the animals are alive. Usually, the only natural encounters between humans and animals happen when the latter are in captivity or roadkill.
This walk on the wild side is conceived as a roller-coaster travel through states and feelings of anticipation, anxiety, fear, surprise, delight, release and again around in circles drowning deeper in the heart of wood and self.
The series features pictures of wild animals alternating with a variety of dreamy or nightmarish landscapes and close-up details luring a passerby right into the wild.
Calin Kruse is based in Leipzig/Germany. His projects are personal, and he photographs analogue, drawn by the instinctivity of the moment, without filters or retouching. He prefers images to their descriptions and statements.
He had numerous single and group exhibitions and his works won or were shortlisted for awards such as the Hariban Award, Moscow International Foto Awards, Unseen Photobook Dummy Awards or Monika-von-Boch-Prize for Photography.
Aside from photography, he is a photobook publisher and a curator of photography exhibitions, holds guest talks, lectures, since 2014 makes workshops (Vienna, Berlin, Lagos, Copenhagen, Georgetown, Istanbul, Moscow, Mexico City, Rangoon, etc.) on photobook design and reviews portfolios.