These photographs by Klaus
Werner Lange are, in essence, the visual diaries of the
voyages made by colossal ships as they traverse the world.
In the artist's own words: "On the side of the hull
is the evidence of the wear and tear of a ship's working
life. These are her memories of far away, forgotten ports
and many crew changes ago. Bruised ships in morning sunlight,
rife with fascinating patterns of patchwork paint. No two
are alike, and all are in constant transition."
As photographs, these works are an intervention
into a single moment of a ship's life, a still point around
which everything else is in motion. Separated from the whole
of the ship, these bits and pieces emerge as abstract patterns
that display a distinct emotional aura set on the dividing
line between paint and film.
Lange's inaugural collection "Uncommon
Perspectives" was exhibited in a month-long solo show
at Emeryville, California's Watergate Community in the summer
of 2002. Subsequently he has exhibited in juried shows including
the East Bay Pro Arts Exhibit in California in December
2003, where his 30 image collection "Schiffseiten"