Axel Hütte: Fecit
Essays by Guido De Werd and Roland Monig.
German photographer Axel Hütte has developed in recent years a singular approach to his photographic compositions. Hütte's remarkably rich landscapes, flora, waterfalls and bridges are all depicted with his signature elements: each focuses on a single motif of sky, water, or plant, which takes up the entire image, its position as sole element suggesting a continuation out of the frame. Geometric composition is also a central theme, as Hütte finds and represents the lines, circles and repetitive shapes that exist in nature. The 24 photographs reproduced in Fecit were taken during his travels through Europe, South America and Australia, and record a remarkable diversity of landscapes. They alternate between a poetic peacefulness and a darker, edgier ambience, but all reflect Hütte's unique approach. The title Fecit, a Latin word meaning "he makes," was chosen by Hütte to suggest the artist's role in photography: the landscapes he shoots are there, but the various compositional elements that lead to the final result are the work of the individual, and there are an infinite number of choices for any particular subject.