A voyage of discovery on my own doorstep

Virus alert in all media, the last exhibition cancelled, meeting friends and travelling: not possible. What to do? Actually, a good opportunity to look a little more closely at the surroundings on your own doorstep. If you look closely, a walk along the Rhine can also mean setting out for new shores. And the Rhine Valley is very multifaceted - it combines many contrasts, which can make for exciting motifs. On the one hand, there is the transfigured romanticism of the Rhine, which is used in Rüdesheim to pour the next round of Asbach Uralt for the tourists. And right next to the heroic sagas there is the busy waterway, which is also used by jet skis, canoeists and rubber boat artists. There are the beautiful castles and palaces high above the valley - but also a lot of peeling it-was-once in the small towns along the river, where a goods train rumbles through the backyards every 5 minutes. These contrasts have always attracted me, and so I set out in search of my very own Rhine romanticism.

All the pictures in this series were taken - in keeping with the Rhine romanticism - using classic, analogue black-and-white techniques. The pictures were taken on film and enlarged on photographic paper in the photo lab. The prints in this series are hand-made on baryta paper.

Dan Hummel - Fotokünstler, Fotograf, Designer Köln
Graphic designer and photo artist from Cologne, Germany.
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