I was perusing an Art Blart blog post on an exhibition of the work of Wolfgang Tillmans at the Tate Modern. Damn I wish I had the money to jetset. I'd hop across the pond just to look at this one image in person. It is one of those images that stopped me dead in my tracks and I am not sure I can even tell you why.
I certainly like the juxtaposition of the chopped off piece of plant and the newspaper. A kind of confrontation of nature with the realm of human ideas about what is important to know today. The paper is in German, so I have no idea what it says. Can I imagine that there would be further deep meaning if I did? I don't think I even need that. And the plant, it seems a little like a chopped off piece of leek. Potato and leek soup anyone? Clearly it has been hanging out for days given how the edges are all brown. And then it seems like it might be too sturdy to be a leek. Maybe something that would be hard to digest, like the news. I don't know.
Tillmans is compared to Eggleston in the article and I can see that the comparison is apt. Wide ranging subject matter, an eye for detail and the odd compositional situation. But this picture. I can't begin to tell you how it blows me away.
Find a comprehensive review of the exhibit by Dr. Marcus Bunyon here. And if you don't already, you should follow his blog. He reviews all kinds of art, but seems to particularly like photography.