Synergy of Materiality by Johann Kööp
For a while I have been fascinated by combining fashion photography with the industrial – seeing what we believe to be human contrasted with rough materials that we mostly see during construction or renovation. I believe there is something beautiful that we have developed a great distance with. The flow of plastic film is something that amazes me in a material that sounds so robust in its description. Opening it up it seems as gentle as a cloud and something that is longing to be touched and experienced.
This series of images is looking to reflect on these ideas, depicting surreal relations between material and human life. The relations that can appear to be rather unsettling at some point reflect on the unsafe expectations of industrial productions; why it is so distanced from modern life.
Shot in Berlin with Rosa Marga Dahl.
Model: Rosa Marga Dahl (@rosamargadahl)
Johann Kööp is a visual artist born in Estonia, currently living and studying in the Netherlands. In his photography he mostly reflects on personal stories and feelings, usually presenting them as something surreal, yet familiar. Sometimes there is a sense of struggling to figure out what these things mean, so in a way, the surreal aspect of his work represents the confusion within. He tends to work around different types of lighting to find a way to visualize both the surreal and the familiar aspects of the emotions the concepts are inspired by.