Michael Lange – Cold Mountain

2021 / 1st edition
Hartmann Books
32.6 x 24.5 cm, 136 pages
English, German and Japanese
ISBN 978-3-96070-058-6

As the topic of my work is silence and stillness, there is the need to give myself as fully as possible to a situation — as well as to the unknown which plays a major role because nature is in flux and one ever knows what will happen. Looking freely and not following preconceived ideas clashes with a part of me that wants to know, that wants to be safe.

 

For six years, Michael Lange made extensive journeys to various regions of the French Alps (Mercantour, Ecrin, Serre-Chevalier, Valloire, Val Cenis, Vanoise and others) searching for solitude and silence. High up in the mountains he created patiently a collection of impressive meditative images. Lange follows the idea in landscape photography of the decisive moment, the perfect harmony between nature, landscape and the photographer. The fifty-two images in the book combine the quiet majesty of the mountain landscapes with fleeting moments of the perception of nature.

Michael Lange deals with the question of how we perceive what we see and how we can find new ways to express our feelings in pictures. The title COLD MOUNTAIN refers to the legendary Zen monk, poet and recluse Hanshan (“Cold Mountain”). The authors of the poems are the four Zen hermits Hanshan, Ikkyu, Basho and Ryokan (China/Japan, from the 7th, 15th, 17th and 18th centuries). 

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Per sei anni, Michael Lange ha viaggiato in varie regioni delle Alpi francesi (Mercantour, Ecrin, Serre-Chevalier, Valloire, Val Cenis, Vanoise, ecc.), alla ricerca di solitudine e silenzio. Sulle montagne l’artista ha realizzato, con pazienza e perseveranza, delle suggestive immagini. Lange cerca nella fotografia di paesaggio di cogliere il momento decisivo, di armonia tra natura, paesaggio e il fotografo. Le cinquantadue immagini del libro accostano la quiete maestosa dei paesaggi montani ai fugaci sprazzi di percezione della natura.

Michael Lange affronta la questione di come percepiamo ciò che vediamo e come possiamo trovare nuovi modi per esprimere i nostri sentimenti in immagini. Il titolo COLD MOUNTAIN è un omaggio al monaco zen, poeta e recluso Hanshan (“Montagna Fredda”); quattro eremiti zen – Hanshan, Ikkyu, Basho e Ryokan (Cina / Giappone – VII, XV, XVII e XVIII secolo) sono gli autori delle poesie.