Started from a need to describe a certain sense of loss, the series Celestial Planisphere is about people and the traces they leave in everyday life. We are always in search of something that comforts us, something that gives us an answer, a consolation. Do these traces tell us more about our existence? What are they showing us apart from the fact that we exist? These photographs are essentially about how we relate to nature and our surroundings, and how we create things to escape our fear of being alone.
“The ever existing human need to know and dominate the planet, to draw maps and give our own names even to the most inaccessible and unreachable places is very much like a primal and indelible fear. Those signs are not meant to mark our passage, but a confirmation of our own existence, as if to carve a name, a date or a pierced heart in the trunk of a tree could protect us from being forgotten. Paradoxical from a impeccably logical point of view, the idea that a place that is not known, experienced, or lived in doesn’t exist can carry the same sense of anguish and loss that is portrayed in Daniel Augschöll’s series. A refined and somewhat difficult reading so that this primordial fear can to be avoided. But if we let ourselves be led by the hand of the young Berlin photographer to the edge of this black hole, we can catch a glimpse of the bottom, of the unnamed emptiness that lies between nature as such and a dense web made of traces, signs and impressions, intentional or inadvertent, that make it “human” and therefore real, finally part of the known world, safe again.”
Daniel Augschoell (b. 1985) is a photographer and the co-editor of Ahorn Magazine, an online publication about contemporary photography. He has had his photographs published in numerous online and print publications and shown his work in exhibitions internationally. He lives and works in Berlin.
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