I Would Prefer Not To

Talents 09 . Frank Höhle / Thilo Scheffler
October 13 2007 until December 19 2007
a.d.S. Ich möchte lieber nicht © Frank Höhle
a.d.S. Ich möchte lieber nicht © Frank Höhle
a.d.S. Ich möchte lieber nicht © Frank Höhle
a.d.S. Ich möchte lieber nicht © Frank Höhle
a.d.S. Ich möchte lieber nicht © Frank Höhle

People in a neutral environment—expressionless, in relaxed posture and nondescript clothing, their gaze turned away from the viewer. What distinguishes these people? Where do they come from? What moves them? Like a detective, the viewer seeks tiny visual clues in the portraits to classify and interpret them—but without success. Finding no foothold in isolated individual attributes or in hidden symbols or codes—which simply are not there—the gaze is forced to glide off the surface of these photographs.

The people portrayed resemble actors in a play without a script: empty, without any role to perform. The strangely still photographs do not refer to any concrete place or specific moment, and leave the viewer behind, bewildered. All he sees are pictures of people.