I came across a profile of Matthias Heiderich, a Berlin-based artist, this weekend. I am so glad I did.
His “Snow Blind” series features photographs of powder-covered urban landscapes. For me, the images inspire an overpowering sense of calm. Not only do they capture the way that the city just seems to stop suddenly under a freshly fallen blanket of snow, but they beautifully document the way that snow changes the color of everything: what was brown in the harsh sunlight is suddenly a rich mustard color, and what was a simple shot of dingy blue or rusty orange becomes a burst of tropical brightness amidst the stark white.
I remember being a little kid and noticing how all of the houses in my neighborhood totally changed color after a new snowfall: these images are just as captivating as the magical transformation of my environment was as a nine year old. The injection of the subtlest of colors into a white background is unlike most scenes I see in my urban environment, and the way that Heiderich frames his landscapes is energetic yet understated. Another artist to add to my “When I Get Rich List” — and this time, my husband agrees with me! Hooray!!
I can see these photographs shining in a very neutral space — lots of cream, beige, brown, textured woods and metals, and THESE. I think that kind of environment would highlight the subtlety of his use of color even more. …Ok, maybe throw in an orange or blue upholstered piece for good measure.