by Simon Puschmann
To me a building that was ripped open like the ones in my images looks wounded, lacerated, hurt, torn apart, suffering. That is what I feel when I see buildings in that very state. I prefer to still see a notion of the former inhabitants. Sinks on walls, windows, I like to be able to feel the former presence of the people that lived or worked there. I also like the graphics of open buildings. I don´t photograph ruins or buildings that have been decaying for years and years. I look for fresh, open wounds, hence the name. These buildings are hard to find because often they are gone by the time I get there with my Alpa Max Camera. And usually within a week after I shot there, they are gone for good which is another aspect I like about these photographs.
Simon Puschmann is an award-winning commercial photographer who defies all photo categories. For more than 20 years, he has been creating his own brand of dramatic, unexpected imagery for a prestigious clientele, including Audi, Citroen, BMW, BMW Sauber F1, Mercedes Benz, Doc Martens, FC St. Pauli, Lufthansa, Hamburg City Film Council, Volkswagen, and Mobil One NASCAR Racing. Among his honors are bronze and silver medals from the International Aperture Awards, 2008; first place, Altpick Award, Photography Series, 2007 and 2008; and Photography Website of the Year for 2008, by altpick.com.
There is no doubt. I found photography and it found me. It’s as solid a marriage as the one I have with my wife, Susanne. I bought my first medium format camera, a Hasselblad, a 503CX, in photography school in 1987, then shot only 4×5“ for years and then turned digital with a Contax 645. Now I use a Phase One DF645+ and an Alpa. I like surprising my clients, the audience, even myself. I resist being put into any photo category. Clients know they can expect the unexpected and that I try harder. I invent, love, laugh, work, live, and breathe photography.