Anne Schwalbe
The series Blindschleiche und Riesenblatt by photographer Anne Schwalbe can be seen as an ode to slowness – an ode to nature, light and emptiness.

Schwalbe photographs her surroundings intuitively, with no preconceived ideas. Compiled in a publication or hanging together in an exhibition, the photos become the lines of a poem. Photographed prose.

Anne Schwalbe visualizes stillness, providing another voice and a welcome change from the contemporary visual bombardment.

In the series Blindschleiche und Riesenblatt (translated literally as: slow worm and giant leaf) Anne Schwalbe has reduced the world around her to core images. With no reference to location or other narrative aspects, she reveals what has caught her notice, or the things that fascinate her. Rain dripping into water, a close-up of a dung-hill or colourful confetti on the asphalt: each image has its own strength and tells its own story in the mind of the viewer. A rhythm of colours and forms is created, invoking contemplation and peace.

Anne Schwalbe (Berlin, 1974) graduated from the Ostkreuz School for Photography in Berlin in 2009. Schwalbe has participated in exhibitions such as Self Publish, Be Happy in the Photographers Gallery, London (2010), Ulsan International Photography Festival South Korea (2009), New Visionaires 2008, the New York Photo Festival (2009) and the Epson Art Photo Award, Best Selected Works, Art Cologne (2008). Her book Blindschleiche und Riesenblatt was self-published in 2010.

Blindschleiche und Riesenblatt was made possible with support from Van Bijlevelt Stichting and &samhoud.

Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, City of Amsterdam, Delta Lloyd, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.

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Anne Schwalbe