The photographer and natural scientist Eckart Bartnik, born in Bonn in 1957, lives in Wiesbaden and works in basic research. For almost five decades, analog and digital photography has been his means of artistic expression.
Numerous workshops with renowned photographers such as Wolfgang Zurborn, Markus Schaden, Thekla Ehling, Olaf Otto Becker, Ann Mandelbaum and Göran Gnaudschun have shaped his visual language.
Since the 1980s, his work has been shown internationally in group and solo exhibitions and published in daily newspapers such as the FAZ, magazines and trade journals (e.g. Stern, Wings) as well as online (including Spiegel-Online, The Guardian).
In my work Self-portrait I explored the style of famous photographers. What does my portrait show? Me or the photographer whose style I tried to imitate?
I am moved by the questions: What insights do abstractions of views of nature give me? How does the conflicting human-nature relationship influence our environment?
As a natural scientist, I capture my research subjects with a rational mind - with a camera in my hand, I experience the freedom to capture my environment subjectively and emotionally. The search for a deeper understanding of the world drives me.
To do this, I photographically immerse myself in landscapes and photograph people in dialogue with their surroundings. I explore the friction between harmonious and repulsive views. And I am fascinated by which moods and myths, which cultural heritage relate to a landscape, an object or a place.
Photography for me means to utilize all the possibilities of image creation. Brightening light helps me to emphasize essentials in the picture and digital image processing gives me the freedom to visually implement my perceptions.
Photographs open doors into the past but they also allow a look into the future.
Artdoc Magazine: Special Inspiration Page: FLOOD (Oct. 18)
LifeForceMagazine: Flood Remains (Autumn 2021 issue)
Aint-Bad: What We’ve Found: Spirituality in Suburbia (Sept. 2)
FAZ: Hütet euch vor der Anderswelt (Beware of the otherworld) - Alfar Rokk (March 7)
Wings magazin: Gummiglück (Jan.-Feb.)
GUP Magazine online: Portfolio Disenchantment (Nov. 11)
Spiegel online: Kaugummiautomaten: Indikator für vernachlässigte Orte (Sept. 21)
The Guardian - Gumball-obsession Balls of fun! (Sept. 19)
Lichtblick School, Cologne: Theatre of Real Life #6 Verzahnung
Lichtblick School, Cologne #5 WesterWorld
FAZ: Ein konkurrenzloses Archiv des Lebens - Naturhistorische Sammlung des Museums Wiesbaden (Sept. 4)
Awards - Achievements
Appointment to the German Photographic Society (DGPh)
Finalist Portfolio Walk, Deutsche Fotografische Akademie: Am Fluss
Minimalist Photography Award: Landscape Photographer of The Year, 1st place winner with Elven Rocks
Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival, Georgia: WesterWorld shortlisted
Deutsche Fotografische Akademie, Deichtorhallen Hamburg: Portfolio-Walk; WesterWorld
British Council: Photo Award 1st place
Galerie Ka:Ost, Frankfurt: Simple Nature: Im Tal
Fotografie Forum Frankfurt: FFF Academy: Am Fluss
Galerie Ka:Ost, Frankfurt: Leidenschaft: Disenchantment
Galerie Ka:Ost, Frankfurt: Luminale: Who am I really?
Wiesbadener Fototage Insight: Ambivalence - Topography of faith
Wiesbadener Fototage Heimat X: WesterWorld – Heimat aber wie?
Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival, Georgia: WesterWorld
Galerie Fotoristisch. Wiesbaden: Iceland
Rockefeller University, New York: City Views
13.11.21-29.01.2022: Galerie Alles Mögliche, Berlin: FLUT - Von der Gewalt der Gewässer
art@hub of Industrie- und Handelskammer (IHK), Darmstadt: Divergenz
Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH, Frankfurt: Research – face to face
Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival, Georgia: Shortlist
Ortho-Zentrum, Karlsruhe: Grenzflächen
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University, Bonn: Audiovisuals, Australia and New Zealand
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt - Sanofi Aventis Deutschland GmbH, Frankfurt - Visiopharm, Horsholm, Denmark