Humans on the Horizon


The series is called ‘Mimesis’, by Barbara & Michael Leisgen, and was created between 1972-1973. The duo are proponents of ‘Land art’. The idea is that the ‘human will’ frames photographs, and the series does well to presents this worldview.

Mimesis: (n.) to imitate.

When you think of nature, you think ‘the opposite’ of man-made. In this series, by the German team, ‘nature’ is framed by Barbra with her outstretched arms, tracing the distant hills, or forming aches around the setting sun. So in a sense, nature, or at least our appreciation of it, is constructed.

Images via Iconology

The silhouettes of the dark forest in the background, aligned with the solo human figure in the foreground, are composed with precision and soul. The lines, contours, and rule of thirds, give the eye points of reference to trace and follow as we would naturally be inclined to do of the horizon, if we had been standing in an open field, like the photographic subject.

To an extent, you can feel the 70s transcend through the photos, with ‘love,’ emulating from the imagined caressing of nature, the fields of wild flowers, and the twirling, free as a bird, artist with her wingspan, spanning the landscape!

We suggest reading the artist statement.

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