BEAUTY IS NOTHING by Carsten Witte

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Utopian Magazine cover BEAUTY IS NOTHING Carsten Witte Enri Mato

BEAUTY IS NOTHING without the knowledge of how fast it will fade

Beauty Portraits Photography by Hamburg, Germany based photographer Carsten Witte. Carsten Witte, born in 1964, is the venerable priest of beauty. Already as a little boy of three he slack-jadedly gazed after beauties that where passing by when he was walking at his mother’s hand. Many years later, after he had attended the Bielefeld school of photography, worked as assistant for renowned photographers and started his career as a freelancer with his own studio in 1989, he could finally dedicate himself exclusively to his perfect esthetics at taking shots of beautiful woman’s bodies, their eroticism and chasteness and the sensual play of shadow and light, whereas he has never betrayed the deference to the beautiful creature.

During Carsten’s photography career he produced a number of decidedly unsettling portraits. These portraits feature images of nude women, all center framed. These women are depicted by a painted skull onto the face. The series was all featured in black white which I believe is done to increase the shadow and darkness of the imagery to which Carsen wants the women to feel secure in the superposing shadows.

Carsten’s idea behind the series of images came from his thoughts of photography capturing the moment of beauty.  Of the series he quoted: “One main idea behind my work is the belief that everything is constantly changing but photography can preserve the moment. Beauty is almost nothing without the knowledge of how fast it will fade…”.

Enri Mato is an urban architect and photographer born in 1986 into a family of artists. His father was a sculptor and his mother was a restorer, who worked at the Louvre Museum in Paris. He grew up in Tirana, where he discovered his interest in photography and art at an early age.

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