N O C T U R N A L
photography by Edgard Schmeichel
curated by Heidi Rondak
At night, when everything is seemingly sleeping and quiescent – in the darkest moments – the elegy of our souls is keeping us awake. It is a quiet piano song, so heart-breaking, yet sweet and just composed for us – unbearable and welcome at the same time as it reveals the sorrow we drowned throughout the rushing day. For centuries, this horrible, yet romantic atmosphere has been orbited in the arts, e.g. painterly, musically, and poetically, all having in common the vision of the night as the breeding ground for the coincident of lament and beauty. Known as “Nocturne” (music) in French, “Notturno” (music) in Italian, “Nachtstück” (painting, literature), and “Nachtmusik” (music) in German the concept is broadly defined in the same way as we ourselves, are not able to grasp the full extent to which our minds are wandering at night and why. Though, it is a human experience, maybe even a need to occasionally torment oneself in times when the light is making way for the starlit sky. And when taking a close look at others it becomes visible that they, as well, have been nocturnal…
Edgard Schmeichel takes us along to a sleepless journey narrated through fashion photographs. His imagery is sensitive to the emotions hidden in the twilighted reveries of his models. Through his view, we are invited to dive beyond the shallow presentation of clothing – his photographs showcase the vulnerable stories that we are secretly seeking in others for the sake of our own unresting souls to feel understood, at least for a brief moment.
Edgard Schmeichel is a photographer born 1994, in Düren. After four months of traveling through Asia he decided to study photography at Fotoakademie Cologne. Since 2021 Edgard is a member of the Mastermind Community founded by Heidi Rondak. His approach to photography is the seek of the fleeting moment and its beauty.
„I was told, even as a student, that I had the talent to photograph people’s dreamy states of mind…“
3 or more keywords – things that inspire you:
Edgard: nature, life, other photographers, good movies and sometimes music
‘Twas noontide of summer,
And mid-time of night;
And stars, in their orbits,
Shone pale, thro’ the light
Of the brighter, cold moon,
‘Mid planets her slaves,
Herself in the Heavens,
Her beam on the waves.
I gazed awhile
On her cold smile;
Too cold- too cold for me-
There pass’d, as a shroud,
A fleecy cloud,
And I turned away to thee,
Proud Evening Star,
In thy glory afar,
And dearer thy beam shall be;
For joy to my heart
Is the proud part
Thou bearest in Heaven at night,
And more I admire
Thy distant fire,
Than that colder, lowly light.
– Edgar Allan Poe
3 keywords – things that make you thoughtful:
Edgard: a long train ride, good music, a good movie
In visions of the dark night
I have dreamed of joy departed-
But a waking dream of life and light
Hath left me broken-hearted.
Ah! what is not a dream by day
To him whose eyes are cast
On things around him with a ray
Turned back upon the past?
That holy dream- that holy dream,
While all the world were chiding,
Hath cheered me as a lovely beam
A lonely spirit guiding.
What though that light, thro’ storm and night,
So trembled from afar-
What could there be more purely bright
In Truth’s day-star
– Edgar Allan Poe
3 keywords – uncomfortable situations:
Edgard: there are a lot of situations, but I know that I have to overcome the fear to grow (:
3 keywords – things that keep you awake at night:
Edgard: important decisions, a good idea that starts growing, that’s it – I am a really good sleeper (:
Edgard Schmeichel on colour
and black and white photography:
I think that colours should feel good. I try to use colour to underline the intention of an image or to generate certain emotions in the viewer’s eye. I’m inspired by the colours of nature and everything that hits my eye. Sometimes, however, black and white pictures naturally feel more artistic. You can intuitively play with shapes, lines and light.
Though, I never plan a black and white picture. I see in colours, so I shoot in colours. When I turn a picture black and white, it’s really often a gut instinct. I then think it looks or works better. Portraits are often stronger in black and white. I once read that “black and white pictures show souls, and colour pictures show fashion”. I do not fully agree with this sentence but I like the idea that black and white allows you to see the person differently which allows you to see new sides of them.
all images by edgard schmeichel
good night! (or the Epilogue)
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