MAGAZINE // ARTISTS
Patrick Essex was born in 1971.
He grew up in Fulda, Germany and worked as a Barkeeper, Carpenter and Editor.
He currently lives in Cologne, Germany, working as a freelancing photographer, mainly doing portraiture and architecture photography. Amongst other things, he runs a photo edition and is also the author of the books "kölngut" (2009) and "Bei Uschi's Eck" (2013).
"I often focus on people that are not naturally in the camera focus. Workers, hippies, clochards. People that I come across on the street or in a bar. Some of them stand at the edge of our society but to me they are the most interesting people. I find it essential to encounter everybody at eye-level, even if sometimes it means that I lose the distance a journalist is supposed to keep." - Patrick Essex
Patrick Essex absolute nakedness of the faces of the people in front of his camera is intrusive, confusing to the senses. Paradoxically, it both reveals and diminishes identity.
He has in doing so created a beautiful way to describe freedom, standing and staring naked at the moment, having no expectations, nothing to lose or to gain. The emptiness of the faces then is suddenly fulfilled, suddenly given character and emotion, just to be emptied again at the next moment.
This artist gives absolute freedom to his art and his subjects that may become every path, at any given moment. He is a master of working with light and shade, chiselling every feature into our minds like a calligraphist onto paper.