The beauty of photography lies in the endless interpretations afforded by its form and simplicity. Photography has been called an embryo of an idea, rather than an illustration of it, and in the work of Tilman Kleinhans we see what that means. His pictures raise a multitude of questions and possibilities and each moment is isolated, stylised and expressed to the viewer. In some works it is the formal balance that strikes most deeply. A chaotic street is given harmony by the symmetry created by sets of street lights. In others it is the juxtaposition of light and dark which really gives power. As clouds roll overhead, boats sit peacefully in their moorings. A playful hand appears out of the shadows of tall, strong pillars. Rather than just focusing on one style or subject, Kleinhans shows the depth of his talents by creating a varied and diverse portfolio.
In his black and white photos, the contrasting light and shade gives the image a textured surface which intrigues and draws the audience in. Sometimes he focuses on subtle patches of varied shading, allowing the roughness of his subject to be expressed. In other pictures he uses bold, striking blocks of light that divide the picture and provide angular forms within his frame. By cropping the image perfectly we are left with a wonderfully balanced and remarkable photograph. When Kleinhans introduces colour, he does so in a delicate way that uses the subtlety of the surface to highlight the dashing incursion of red. By choosing the most wonderful locations and using all his photographic knowledge to crop and focus the picture, he creates an image which shows the abstract beauty of the world around us. Over each horizon is a wonderful scene, just waiting for the right photographer and the decisive moment, when all the elements align. Photography has a unique place in the hearts of art lovers and images like these keep it firmly there.