Ralph Meiling, Berlin
Born in Cologne.
Studying photography at the University for Design and Photography in
Cologne. Living in Berlin since the mid-80ies. Short films, experimental videos
Because of his moving to Berlin in the mid-80ies he was affected
by the moods, the varieties, the historical faces of Berlin and their
changeability. It was not accidental that Meiling started to experiment and
with motion pictures and film.
This artistic engagement and his curiosity can be seen in his activity as an
photographer, director, cameraman and scriptwriter. During the recent years
a number of short films, experimental videos and photoseries has grown. 1998
Meiling presents at last a series of bodyportraits under the title „MENSH“
Dressed up as human
Meilings portraits pass a long process from the shooting to the final
result. In the beginning the models are observed by a video camera. The running
time of the film and a weak but very contrasty illumination by candlelight or
other punctual light sources deny the models any possibility to perform. They
have no opportunity to pose. The decision about the emotion, the expression,
the illumination and the attitude of the portrayed are not being made until
the selection of the videostill. Meiling alienates it further by multi
exposing on dia or other photo material.
„Imagine a friend“, Meiling says. „What I want to capture is the exact
cerebral picture that is developed in this imagination.“ This approach defines
technique of Meiling’s works: the videostill detaches a fraction out of a
string of thoughts and perception. The isolated picture is treated, changed and
influenced by many interpreting steps. In this way is the imaginative
reflection of a person by our internal eye influenced by a subjective attitude,
memory, a mood or something subconcious.
Participating photographers in 2002