VICTOR ENRICH’S PHOTOGRAPHIC MIND
Victor Enrich, a Barcelona based photographer, has pushed even his reputation of reconfigurations and twisted figures to the extreme. For his most recent project, he took an image of the NH Deutscher Kaiser hotel (hence the name Project NHDK) in Munich and translated the building’s architecture 88 different ways. Most are impossible twists and turns, but some pass as surprisingly realistic. Lifelike or not, it’s fun to think about what the familiar structures in our lives would look like if we had the chance to get our hands on the architecture.
Munich’s Deutscher Kaiser hotel looks like any sleek modern building. But re-imagined through the mind (and lens) of artist Víctor Enrich, the structure becomes something mind-bendingly crazy — Salvador Dali meets Inception. The Spanish native spent months turning out these 88 startling computer-aided distortions of the four-star urban lodging. Why? Recent emigrant Enrich had passed the Deutscher Kaiser daily while job-hunting in the German city and quickly tired of looking at it. What started off as novel way to motivate himself, turned into a fully realized passion project. Speaking to TIME from Barcelona, Enrich says “I always try to express myself as much as I can. If I’m not having fun, I will never do anything!”
“I found it beautiful,” says Enrich, “to connect two distinct artistic disciplines such as photography and computer graphics with the piano.” See further illustrations and read a full description of his thought process following the break. From the artist: “This is a push forward to test my own limits, playing with the very simple geometry of the building I chose: the NH Deutscher Kaiser Hotel in Munich, Germany. In previous projects, I always felt I did not make enough formal explorations. So, I squeezed my brains and tried to push myself towards more. It seems that right now we are in the ‘Time Lapse’ era, so I tried to make some sort of antagonist to these wonderful photographic productions of today’s contemporary artists”.