From film to fashion, sport and photography, the German talent reveals the inspiration behind his spreads
October 12, 2011
Urban minimalistic landscapes that celebrate the remarkable in the ordinary
- Text by Christine Bierhals
Lenz Mayer shoots a simple view of the sea, an alignment of trash containers or a long desert road... everyday objects are portrayed with a special beauty and are the forlorn subjects of this Munich-based photographer. His discoveries are found on the road, his trips to Australia, the United Arab Emirates and the US are his sources of inspiration. There's a minimalism, touches of "Land Art" and the artistic colour photography reminiscent of the breakthrough fine art of the 70s, when the aptly named Lenz Mayer was born.
Satellte Voices: How would you describe your photography?
Lenz Mayer: Honest and straight, open and a sparkle to the observer’s brain. Capturing the remarkable in the ordinary.
SV: What are you currently shooting?
Lenz Mayer: Urban minimalistic landscape and African wildlife.
SV: Where are you shooting?
Lenz Mayer: Europe, the US, Australia, Asia and Africa. If there is a motive that appeals, I shoot.
SV: What inspires your work?
Lenz Mayer: My Bavarian roots, my travels – my close friends, family and anyone who catches my attention – be it at first or second sight.
SV: Who inspires you?
Lenz Mayer: My friends and my family. With the animals their aura, their character.
SV: What inspires you about Munich?
Lenz Mayer: Munich is my home, my source of influence. Very urban, cosmopolitan yet almost rural in its own Bavarian way.
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