Axel Hesslenberg

Axel Hesslenberg

Good Fortune, Axel Hesslenberg, BA(Hons) Photography, Faculty of Arts 

Traces of Life and Time

My interests are in capturing the traces of life and time. Through my lens I create work which expresses what I view to be the delights in seeing. I am a ‘joyous sensualist’ in the sense Walker Evans talked about photographers. This is what drives me and my photographic practice.

Peter, Axel Hesslenberg, BA(Hons) Photography, University of Brighton Faculty of Arts 

The marks left by life and time, their meaning and origins, are as diverse as life itself. This enables me to work on a broad range of themes and subjects, including photographing a vineyard in East Sussex.

Tendrils V, Axel Hesslenberg, BA(Hons) Photography, University of Brighton Faculty of Arts 

I photographed Breaky Bottom vineyard near Rodmell over a 12 months period. This exploration became for me, over time, a meditation about life.

Untitled, Axel Hesslenberg, BA(Hons) Photography, University of Brighton Faculty of Arts 

During my weekly visits, it became apparent to me that the heart of Breaky Bottom was the landscape, the people living and working there, and the business itself which intertwine to become one, giving Breaky Bottom its rich and distinct character. That is what I want to communicate with my images.

Untitled, Axel Hesslenberg, BA(Hons) Photography, University of Brighton Faculty of Arts 

Untitled, Axel Hesslenberg, BA(Hons) Photography, University of Brighton Faculty of Arts 

         

Images

Images at University of Brighton, College of Arts and Humanities