“For the delight of his spirit and the joy of his eyes, he had desired a few suggestive creations that cast him into an unknown world, revealing to him the contours of new conjectures, agitating the nervous system by the violent deliriums, complicated nightmares, nonchalant or atrocious chimerae they induced.”
(John Howard's translation of Joris-Karl Huysmans's À Rebours)
In the spirit of Jean Floressas Des Esseintes, the protagonist of Huysmans's 1884 novel, Kristall ohne Liebe (literally translated “Crystal without Love”) takes the viewer on a visual journey into a mystic parallel world. Seen through self-built lenses, prisms and crystals, the photo series captures a psychedelic universe full of contrasts: colourful images, black and white photography, life, death, macro and micro level, the sublime and hidden knowledge collide.
Drawing influences from Symbolist painters like Odilon Redon to the rainbow aesthetics of the Hippie culture and the German Krautrock movement, the images were photographed over a period of more than five years in Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Germany. An accompanying photobook is available via Tangerine Press (ISBN 978-1-910691-03-8).