Christopher Hauser - SKY.LINES

Lloyd's Register hosted this special exhibition by photographer Christopher Hauser in our Richard Rogers building from Thursday 29 May to Thursday 3 July, 2014. 

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About the exhibition - SKY.LINES

Christopher Hauser’s work focuses on the beautiful, dramatic and complex scenery of skylines found around the world. Whether it is a soaring skyscraper or a huge city bathing in a beautiful sunset, a city skyline represents our culture through a strong sense of impersonality, depicting structures and patterns of collective existence. In the same way that architecture mirrors our culture through abstract art, urban zones show us interplay between the spaces of leisure and commerce and of history and modernism; and like human beings every building and every skyline is unique.

The photographic exhibition SKY.LINES, held in Lloyd’s Register’s iconic Richard Rogers building in London, brought together an impressive collection of urban photography from cities including Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Singapore. Hauser has captured these landmark cities in striking lights and perspectives, aiming to encapsulate their true characters and dynamics, showing how cultures form skylines into unique fingerprints.

“Learning more about urban planning and architecture in recent years helped me to develop a greater appreciation for the skylines of mega­cities. The core of mega­cities across the world, the cultural pulse and economic engines of urban regions where millions of people live. A skyline is unique and the fingerprint and DNA of that city. All urban life begins each day and ends each night under the watch of the city's tallest skyscrapers and most grand architectural structures. Skylines reflect and influence cultures, lifestyles and quality of life of the people who live there.” Christopher Hauser, photographer

Hauser’s Arca Swiss Rm3di camera allows for a stunning degree of detail (around 200 million pixels) at an impressively grand scale (up to three metres in width), drawing the viewer into the picture, giving them the chance to experience the moment in the same way the photographer did at the point of capture. The images in SKY.LINES are able to evoke the power of a building or the pulse of a city, not just through the immense dimensions, the brilliance of the colours and depth, but in the small and various, clearly visible details that come to light in the background of the photograph. It is physically impossible for the human eye to see so far and register so many details in real life, and the perfection of the composition and exposition gives an idea of the technical effort that has gone into the work.

About Christopher Hauser

Born in Munich in 1986, Christopher moved to London in 2006 to study the philosophy of photography and architecture. Having completed his studies in Visual Communication and Photography, Christopher spent a year travelling around the world with his camera, before returning home to Munich where he has been working on his portfolio since.

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