Jennifer Vahlbruch

Jennifer Vahlbruch

Spring, TX, United States

About Jennifer Vahlbruch

ABOUT MY LIFE WITH PHOTOGRAPHY
I was born in Laupheim, Germany, and moved to Kempten, Germany for my husband’s love. Since 2007, I have combined the longing for the mountains with my passion for photography. I wanted to capture my impressions, but the small picture format could not live up to my claim.

As a self-taught photographer i finally found my signature feature: large-format panoramic images, which I composes with love for detail from single photos. These impressive images are a key element of my work. With them, I want to look beyond the edge and show the viewer more than a section of reality.

Besides mountain photography, I've discovered my interest in other motifs and also works with the themes of landscapes, nature, and urban worlds. In my projects, I experiments with different formats and media to achieve a harmonious representation of the subjects.

I'm both, a photographer and an artist – it is thus important for me to distinguish between realistic photography and deliberate artistic treatment. My pictures show either the genuine and unchanged but accentuated reality, or a deliberate artistic statement, which unfolds while editing the image. In both cases, I only uses my original photographs without mixing or exchanging image parts.

In 2013 the district of Biberach, Germany selected a concept from me for an art project which was realized through a grant from the Hilde Frey Foundation. Many of my photographs have been shown in several successful exhibitions. My debutante exhibition took place at Kunsthalle Kempten, Germany in 2014 and was a huge success with more than 800 visitors. It was followed by other exhibitions, among others a solo show in winter 2014/2015 at the summit station of a mountain at 6683 ft. altitude.

ABOUT MY ARTISTIC APPROACH

I aim to reproduce the reality I have experienced in an unadulterated manner and thus to document and preserve scenes from my environment. In doing so, I try to make the content visible and tangible for the viewer through image design, format, and meaningful presentation. My demand for perfection shapes all work steps from the recording to the image processing to the production of the Fine Art prints.

During my development, I tried out many areas of photography, but landscape photography, in particular, shaped me a lot. With panorama photographs of the mountains, I was able to make monumental scenes tangible and come alive. During some successful exhibitions, I saw how many viewers discovered tiny details from their experienced past in the pictures and since then I am dealing with the interplay of large and small, imposing, and inconspicuous. Big worlds can be experienced to discover small details, whereas small details can be staged to gain meaning.

Especially with this second area, I have recently dealt more intensively: I would like to reduce easily overlooked details from my own perception to their essential importance so that they can exemplify concrete situations and relationships in my current life at the time they arise. Due to the reduced representation with a focus on the often inconspicuous detail of the outside world, this is taken out of its natural non-perception and placed in a new context in front of an undefined background. At the same time, the element is also reusable. The viewer gains access to new artifacts that have hitherto remained hidden from him, which he can use in an extended perspective as building blocks in the context of his personal perception for analogies and connections in the real world. Thus the motif gains freedom of interpretation and enables a universal, individual transfer of meaning.

My photography is anonymous and unadulterated, incorruptible and clear, and the result of a composition of my soul.

Education

I'm a self-taught Photographer and Artist
- Epson International Pano Awards 2013
- Hilde-Frey-Stiftung 2013.
In 2013 the district of Biberach, Germany selected a concept from me for an art project which was realized through a grant from the Hilde Frey Foundation.
- Epson International Pano Awards 2014
- Epson International Pano Awards 2015
- USA Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016

Exhibitions

"panorama 2014 - Bergschau 2037", Fellhorn 2037m, Gipfelstation, Oberstdorf, Bavaria Germany `Winter 2014/2015'
"panorama 2014 Berge", Kunsthalle Kempten, Kempten, Bavaria Germany ‘Fall 2014’
“Made in BC" Museum Biberach, Biberach, Baden-Wuerttemberg Germany ‘2014’
“Der Berg ruft", Forum Allgäu, Kempten, Bavaria Germany ‘2011’
“Panorama!", Alpinmuseum Kempten, Kempten, Bavaria Germany ‘2011’