Oben series, digital poster prints, 2014.
It’s thirty-six degrees. A dry desert sun burns the roof.
From up here the vast empty ground seems endless.
The heat and the wind touch my skin.
I open a door,
the background noise of the city fades away.
With my eyes closed I see an ocean of weightless light rays –
I trust my body.
For several years I climbed numerous rooftops to make pictures, over and over again. I felt deeply attached to these strange, unknown and obscure places. I explored my city from a different angle and I photographed architectural situations up there being fascinated by the vastness and expanse as well as its limitation by moments of blocked sights. Eventually I realized that I had compiled a personal map – an imaginary walk in another dimension.
Diane Vincent lives in Berlin, and works both as an artist and freelance photographer for national and international magazines and clients. In her work she follows the impulse to expand, whether into places she finds in the physical world or into inner spaces. To make books is one of her passions.
Vincent’s first self-published photobook OBEN was shortlisted for a book award at the Unseen Photo fair in Amsterdam, selected for LensCulture ‘Photobooks of the Year 2014’, and has since been featured in several photobook shows. In February 2016 OBEN was exhibited in Berlin at Fenster 61 in February 2016, as well as included in ‘GEDOK URBAN’, a group exhibition initiated by Gedok Gallery, and shown at the Kommunale Galerie Berlin from March to May 2016.
Vincent released her second publication i join the crystal-eyed turtle’s hand as a limited edition in December 2015. i join the crystal-eyed turtle’s hand was part of the group exhibition “Nothing Happens” at Chérie Sundays in Berlin in June 2016. The work will be further exhibited within the frame of Encontros da Imagem, a Photography Festival taking place in Braga, Portugal in September 2016.
Since April 2016 Vincent is part of Exposure Twelve, a collective of photographers aiming to develop contemporary photography through a space for meetings and exchange. Profile image: © Paul Gaffney