Elger Esser; or My Birthday Present
Posted on June 4, 2012
The singular, most beautiful experience of my life happened last Friday when I walked into Galleria Alessandra Bonomo. German photographer Elger Esser’s Beg en Aud, a gigantic c-print of a hazy blue coast, tried to pull me through its frame and into its misty waters. I was mesmerized, consumed and shivering with goosebumps, and knew without doubt that this wall-sized photograph should be my birthday present.
So I grabbed a postcard of the image and ran away as fast as I could because I don’t think the Professor is quite ready to drop more than 1000-times-my-age-in-euros on a photo. But what a photo! I don’t know what Esser does– tints? filters? staging? The colors are almost exaggerated hues, an odd discoloration like a long lost photo in a decaying album. Size is larger than life, taking up most of the wall space, and scenes are seemingly from yester-year- an early morning on the Nile, a snapshot of a forest, and mine- the seaside. In each, Esser captures a Caspar David Friedrich mood- alone and beckoning.
I would like to hang this in my house. I would love to wake up to it every morning and say good night each evening. Yes, I would like to stand next to it every day, but I only have until September.
Galleria Alessandra Bonomo
Via del Gesu’ 62 (Pantheon)