We call for entries from photographers and photographic artists with images that are dedicated to “Wanderlust”. This exhibition will be on view from June 20th until August, 5th, 2018, in Galerie Sehnsucht. It will show our selection from the works that were submitted in the call. The deadline for the call is May 27th, 24.00 hours 2018.
We will be assisted in making this selection by Eli Dijkers. He is a Rotterdam-based photographer with international renown, exhibiting his work all over the world. He will be the guest curator for this exhibition.
What we are looking for, is artistic photography showing the feeling of Wanderlust.
Wanderlust is a German loanword, known to many people, for most of us have this irresistibly strong desire to travel, to wander and to rove about. Although the word dates back to the half of the nineteenth century, wandering became fashionable around 1800. Earlier, the French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau had already urged the artificed human to get back to the unspoiled nature, and in Germany a whole bunch of ‘Sturm und Drang’ poets strolled about nature, Goethe ahead, to express their newfangled consciousness of living. For life was heavily shaken up by all the wars and revolutions that time and hardly anything was still the same. Nature, travel, the great unknown gave way to a romantic new pace in life where one could slow down and escape everyday hectic. Leisurely traveling by foot lead to an encounter with nature that could be experienced physical as well as sensuous. Like on a pilgrimage, one could meet the sublime in nature and in oneself.
Nowadays almost everybody travels. But is it Wanderlust? For ‘you cannot become a wanderer, you are born as one’, Henry David Thoreau once said. Do we still rove about just for the feel, the smell, the unknown and sublime, for the adventure of it all, to become a better man? Or are we a gang of narcissist idiots running around the world and its wonders to proof we are a better man, as one journalist wrote?
Photography about this restlessness leading to travel is everywhere. Yes, it is in the travelmagazines, but is this Wanderlust? We think more of nowadays photographers like Eli Dijkers, who currently shows his work on the state of China in the Rotterdam Kunsthal, or the work of Robin de Puy, who just published her classic roadtrip through the United States. Further back in time, you might think of the outcast Josef Koudelka, who travelled since his home country had become forbidden territory; André Kertész, who ended up in the States; Robert Frank, being gripped by the America’s; in the 19th century, Gustave LeGray, seeking the mystic orient in Egypt, like the Dutch Alexandrine Tinne in the Sahara. The list is truly endless.
What will you show us?
Your work can be anything from a straight photograph, to manipulated and even drawn Photoshop projects, from alternative 19th century photographic techniques to modern, computer made images, as long as it’s based on one or more photographic images (no drawings or paintings) and you can show us how it looks by sending us a digital file.
How to participate?
We have a set of rules of the game, and information on how to participate, which you can find here