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Patterns of Power

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PATTERNS OF POWER
Oliver Raschka travels by train every day. So tracks and train facilities are very familiar to him and while on the platform, he enjoys the beauty of the surrounding infrastructure. Overhead cables and power systems in particular offer plenty of interpretations of daily life – a couple at a bar, a hunting cat, letters and so on. The abstract character of the powerlines, and the patterns they create make you think of the Rorschach inkblot test.
The overall topic of the photographic work of Oliver Raschka is the disclosure of urban structures and patterns lying beneath of our perception, using a camera and hard black and white contrasts as stylistic devices. The images present new perspectives by highlighting the hidden beauty of a technical infrastructure which is purely committed to securing the functioning of the overall system.
Therefore, PATTERNS OF POWER is an example of how urban traces can be found and interpreted. The images may reengage people, not only with the hidden beauty of their personal environment but also with the meaning of objects in public spaces. With this in mind, people can get involved in the composition which enables them to have an intensive engagement with their locality.
PATTERNS OF POWER is an ongoing project which contains over 30 images so far. Places are Stuttgart, Mannheim, Berlin and Edinburgh.