A series of Avinasho’s playful photographs. “I never wanted to portray the world as a postcard and so started to ‘play’ with my camera without ever reading the instruction manual…”
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There are two types of people: the ‘handbook readers’ and the ‘players’. I definitely belong to the players. Anyway, I never wanted to portray the world as a postcard and so started to ‘play’ with my camera without ever reading the instruction manual. What came out amazed me: the piranhas in the Berlin Zoo were so underexposed that they gave an abstract picture in which the fish became almost unreal. The initial spark for this came when one day I held the camera out of a train window, ecstatic about the blurred, snowy pine trees. Or when I sailed over the evening lake and watched as the lights of the city on the shore ‘scratched’ the water.
When the new iPhone-update came with an ‘anti-shake function’ I was desperate. But I do not need to remain stuck in this style… Each camera has new possibilities for ‘play’. And if it is not the technique, then it is nature itself that ‘plays’: the millions of forms of sand on the beach, the splintering glass on a Berlin ferry, or the 1001 mosses and lichens on the wall next door. It’s as if they all wanted to say to me, “Take a new look.”
Avinasho (aka Susanne Elten) was born in 1952 in Munich. The 1971 Olympic Games there, which set completely new design standards in architecture, inspired her to find a profession in design. That she then enrolled in a fashion master school was rather a coincidence. At 29 she discovered Osho when she visited her father in Poona. She says, “Whatever I know about creativity I’ve learned in Poona.” She mostly worked with publishers, but was also part of the management team of Osho Tao Centre in Munich. Avinasho is now retired; she paints, plays and writes. susanne-maria-elten.de