Walking Man, Versailles, France (From the “Labyrinth” series)
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“The picture is a real shot (not a montage). Cartier Bresson would have called it: “a decisive moment” I had to wait for hours to get the picture right when I worked in Versailles near Paris, France, for a week’s time in 2004. The idea was to capture solely the architecture of the cropped trees when all of a sudden the man in black stepped into the frame. A lovely coincidence.”
Excerpt from the essay The Incidental Landscape by Gary Michael Dault written for Prefix Magazine:
Having assumed a photographic stance and point of view that seemed quite deliberately to echo that of the awed and humbled first-time visitor to a city made of skyscrapers, Klemm shot the geometricized vegetation from below so that, for example, in the Schwetzinger Castle gardens, he was able to show its trees, now carved into pillars, as lacy lifting structures isolated—so we can read their new function as faux-piers—against the weight of the lowering skies. In another spectacularly telling view of Versailles, a tiny pedestrian makes his way along a pearlescent, light-filled roadway that just fronts a stupendously bulwark-like screen of brutally snipped, knife-edged trees—a leafy yet strictured construct so vast, black, dense and impenetrable it now looks like a bulky office building: Versailles manicured into New York.