Carsten Witte*

14.03.2012 in22:40 in Portraits -->


Carsten Witte, born in 1964, is the venerable priest of beauty. Already as a little boy of three he slack-jadedly gazed after beauties that where passing by when he was walking at his mother’s hand. Many years later, after he had attended the Bielefeld school of photography, worked as assistant for renowned photographers and started his career as a freelancer with his own studio in 1989, he could finally dedicate himself exclusively to his perfect esthetics at taking shots of beautiful woman’s bodies, their eroticism and chasteness and the sensual play of shadow and light, whereas he has never betrayed the deference to the beautiful creature.

Numerous national and international fashion and lifestyle magazines engaged the master of modern form finding and even in the advertisement Witte distinguished himself with the subtle and extremely reduced structures in his images. “It’s always faces that fascinate me and this mysterious purity of really beautiful people“, he said.

Since 1999 Witte is increasingly engaging in art. In 2003 he produced a series of timeless fantasies with female nudes who were always accompanied by a flower stalk.
Witte: „ The basic idea of these juxtapositions of nudes and plants is very formal and puristic. Form, color and transience are reduced to a common denominator. „ Since the year 2000 Witte keeps working on the highly respected series of works „Gold“. By means of secret tinctures and a special laboratory technique his icons of beauty have been attired in mysterious shimmering black-golden coats. The play of shadow and light, black and gold gives the images complexity, depth and a subtle charm. Witte calls this phenomenon „timeless absorption“.

Intuition by Carsten Witte is a series of photographs that displays the skull-painted faces of young and attractive women. The images are quite spooky to look at because of the black and white coloring and the deadpan expressions on the women’s faces.

Witte’s main idea behind this photo series was to show that beauty can and will fade faster than one thinks, but photography can “preserve the moment.” Hopefully good looks don’t fade as fast as the women in Intuition otherwise one’s social life would come to a halt when they hit their mid 20s.

Intuition by Carsten Witte reminds one that beauty does in fact come and go in the blink of an eye. In that case, one must live in the moment and preserve that moment with photographs.

Published: Feb 22, 12 • References: and thisiscolossal