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Later Collage Works

'Automat #5' Photographic Collage:

Automat #5 | Erlangen, Germany | 1997 | Photographic Collage Thumbnail | ©Chris J. Politzki

This photographic collage was shot in Germany, Erlangen in particular. I lived in this town for nearly three years and one morning I got up early and went out to find automats, or vending machines. I found it odd that cigarettes were available from dispensers on the street... just an odd thing, I thought to myself.

So I went abut the town photographing these and this one happened to be one that I found rather interesting. Not an exciting title for the piece, but sums up my quest for finding these machines hanging from sides of buildings, waiting for the unsuspecting customer to drop a few Deutsch Marks into them.

'Automat #4' Photographic Collage:

Automat #4 | Erlangen, Germany | 1997 | Photographic Collage Thumbnail | ©Chris J. Politzki

Another collage of an automatic dispenser in Erlangen, Germany. As in Automat #5, a cigarette dispensing machine. This time a different flavor of style, color and features.

I found it odd that in both automat collages here were hung next to a rain down spout. A very strange coincidence? The wonderful surprises of photography, indeed.

'Sunflower Field' Photographic Collage:

Sunflower Field | Rathsberg, Germany | 1997 | Photographic Collage Thumbnail | ©Chris J. Politzki

In 1997 I found myself living in Germany. I had been doing so since 1995. I was amazed by the beauty of the landscape. Oftentimes, I was riding my bike around enjoying the picturesque scenery rolling by.

I found this scene not too far from where I was living in Erlangen. I believe this collage was taken in the direction of Bubenreuth, which was a village north of Erlangen. Although I call it 'Sunflower Field', there is a poppy field on the right.

'Postbox' Photographic Collage:

Postbox / Mailbox | Erlangen, Germany | 1997 | Photographic Collage Thumbnail | ©Chris J. Politzki

What is this structure on the side of this building? Most people wouldn't know unless they had seen one in person. So what is it?

This is a collage piece of a german mailbox, or 'briefkasten'. It was in a unique place and the final touch to the piece was the vine growing up along the wall right of the box. Once again, I had discovered this subject matter in Erlangen, Germany.

'Path in Field' Photographic Collage:

Path in Field | Erlangen, Germany | 1997 | Photographic Collage Thumbnail | ©Chris J. Politzki

Riding my bike through the fields of Germany was a great pleasure of mine as I was living there.

This collage piece was a scene not far from Erlangen, Germany... perhaps in the direction of Forchheim, if memory serves me right. A nice mid-summer day with a cloud-filled sky in the background. This time I treated the collage as a panorama.

'Cathedral' Photographic Collage:

Cathedral | St. Andrews, Scotland | 1997 | Photographic Collage Thumbnail | ©Chris J. Politzki

On a trip to St. Andrews, Scotland I found myself confronted with this ruin of an ancient cathedral. It was a cold, windy, but sunny day and my future wife and I were visiting her Aunt, who was german and had married an englishman.

This is the St. Andrews Cathedral and is not far from the world-famous golf course with the same name. Pictured walking in the scene is my wife and her Aunt with their backs to the camera.

'Atop Stairs' Photographic Collage:

Atop Stairs | Ft. Collins, Colorado | 1990 | Photographic Collage Thumbnail | ©Chris J. Politzki

Inspired by M.C. Escher, I took these images shown to create this collage. These stairs were the stairs in my old college abode in Ft. Collins, Colorado. The same set of stairs photographed only twice, but then printed twice to produce four sets of staircases.

Escher based most of his works on symmetry and I feel this collage captures some of that spirit.

'Leaning Tower' Photographic Collage:

Leaning Tower / York Minster | York, England | 1990 | Photographic Collage Thumbnail | ©Chris J. Politzki

The York Minster in York, England is my subject matter here in this collage. Unfortunately, the tower of the minster was undergoing a restoration and scaffolding was surrounding it at the time.

In the true spirit of David Hockney, I included my foot and leg with a nice addition of somebody walking by and taking a photograph of the minster with his camera. The title of the piece comes from the fact that the appearance of the main tower was leaning.

'St. Giles Cathedral' Photographic Collage:

St. Giles Cathedral | Edinburgh, Scotland | 1997 | Photographic Collage Thumbnail | ©Chris J. Politzki

On a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland I stepped into this cathedral and found this amazing light pouring in from outside. I took a seat to the side and admired the light for awhile.

Call it a happy accident or whatever you like, but it seems like my timing was perfect. As I took these images for this collage, I just knew that this one would be special. It still remains a favorite of mine and others alike.

'Bus in Berlin' Photographic Collage:

Bus | Berlin, Germany | 1997 | Photographic Collage Thumbnail | ©Chris J. Politzki

This group of collages below mark an experimental phase with my photographic collage work. I took the photoshop work a bit further and played with some perspective scaling. I believe it adds some depth to the collages.

It just so happened I was in this area of Berlin, Germany and found this old bus half buried into the ground.

'View From Tower' Photographic Collage:

View from Tower | Brugge, Belgium | 1998 | Photographic Collage Thumbnail | ©Chris J. Politzki

In Brugge, Belgium I climbed to the top of this tower to see the view below. There's always something special about viewing man-made things such as houses, buildings and such from above. One feels like a bird. I suppose everyone feels the desire to be able to fly. In every country I've been to, I love to compare the architecture and in this collage I like to notice the sharp, triangular shapes of the roof tops.

'Arch' Photographic Collage:

Arch | Brussels, Belgium | 1998 | Photographic Collage Thumbnail | ©Chris J. Politzki

Sometimes I kick myself for not properly documenting places I've seen or been to and this is one of them. Brussels, Belgium I know was the city this collage was taken in, but I never did find out the name of this arch. In some ways it resembles the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin form the look of the horses in the statue above the arches.

'Tacheles Mural' Photographic Collage:

Tacheles Mural | Berlin, Germany | 1997 | Photographic Collage Thumbnail | ©Chris J. Politzki

Taken in the same area of Berlin, Germany where I found the half-buried bus, I found this wall painted with a very elaborate mural. I sensed that this area of the city had a history to it and stayed photographing for quite some time on this visit. The building is called the 'Tacheles' and is the remains of an old, bombed-out factory. Upon further investigation, I found that there was an artist community inside the building complete with galleries and studios... a real special treat indeed!

'Hotel' Photographic Collage:

Hotel | Brussels, Belgium | 1998 | Photographic Collage Thumbnail | ©Chris J. Politzki

The flowing lines of this collage I still enjoy. There's almost a rhythm to this piece, I feel. The subject matter, this time, is a hotel in Brussels, Belgium on a lovely summer day. The two towers on each side really anchor this piece.

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