Business of Photography/Videography / Re: "Phantom" by Peter Lik most expensive Photo, $6.5 million, €5 million« on: December 16, 2014, 01:53:57 PM »
If want "wtf!?", I just read about this being the second most expensive picture ever. I'm really lost for words, probably because I'm German and for this domestic river a lot of associated images pop up in my mind - but this isn't one of them :-o
Look at that picture. What do you see? A river in a postindustrial landscape. Very straight, very rectangular. That river is the rhine. The famous rhine, about which so many songs have been sung, about which a whole lot of the german cultural identity is grouped. Think about Loreley and so on. The rhine is a german myth. But what has it become nowadays? Look at the picture. This is the rhine nowadays. This is our culture, our society, our landscape nowadays.
No you now understand what Gursky had in his mind when creating this picture? (Of course it is heavily edited/photoshopped to emphasize his message)
Thank you for this. I quite like the image because it's so simple and graphic, but what fascinates me about it is this: I've seen and been to and even lived in places up and down the Rhine for half my life, and there is nowhere along the river that actually looks like that. And yet... the Rhine does look like that. Now I understand how that works.
(Also, I had to google that "Bella Luna" image y'all are talking about. I really wish I hadn't done that...)