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Transparency Photographic Collage Works

'Atomium' Photographic Collage:

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

This body of work I call my 'Transparency Collages' were all photographed with slide film. For the most part, 35mm in size, but medium format was also shot. Some were mounted on custom-made light boxes I made out of cigar boxes and similar items.

This first collage comes from Belgium. I was visiting an Aunt in Brussels and ventured out for the day on my own and found the futuristic-looking structure. It is called the Atomium and it was built for the 1958 World's Fair. I must admit, it certainly does resemble an atom indeed!


'Weihnachtsmarkt' Photographic Collage:

Weihnachtsmarkt / Christmas Market | Erlangen, Germany | 1996 | Photographic Collage Thumbnail | ©Chris J. Politzki

While living in Germany I always enjoyed walking into the town square of the town I was living in, Erlangen. A very special time of year to do this was during the Christmas (Weihnachten) season. The smells of roasting nuts and warm spiced wine (Glühwein).

This collage illustrates what I would have been walking through during the Christmas season in Germany. Although it isn't the Nürnberg Weihnachtsmarkt, it still was special.


'Neideck Castle No. 2' Photographic Collage:

Burg Neideck / Castle view 2 | Frankonia, Germany | 1998 | Photographic Collage Thumbnail | ©Chris J. Politzki

Not far from where I resided in Germany was a special region of the country called Frankonia. It is still a part of Bavaria, but is also steeped with it's own customs and culture.

The collage shown to the right here is of a castle ('burg' in German). As you can tell it was very early spring as these images were made.


'Neideck Castle No. 1' Photographic Collage:

Burg Neideck / Castle view 1 | Frankonia, Germany | 1998 | Photographic Collage Thumbnail | ©Chris J. Politzki

Yet another collage piece of the Neideck castle in Frankonia, Germany. I really enjoy seeing the bridge leading over to the castle (shown on the right side).


'Prague View No. 2' Photographic Collage:

Týn Church / Týnský chrám | Prague, Czech Republic | 1997 | Photographic Collage Thumbnail | ©Chris J. Politzki

I had to research the name of this cathedral. It's the Church of Our Lady before Týn and can be found in the old town square of Prague, Czech Republic. It is a very distinguishing feature of the city's panorama and I chose to photograph it at night, which I feel adds more atmosphere to the structure. The gothic architecture only adds more intrigue to this piece, in my opinion.


'Kirchweih' Photographic Collage:

German Kirchweih | Neunkirchen, Germany | 1996 | Photographic Collage Thumbnail | ©Chris J. Politzki

A 'Kirchweih' is a country fair. A typical Frankonian tradition talking place either in spring or summer.

This particular Kirchweih in this collage was taking place in Neunkirchen, Germany. Notice the movement of the older gentleman in the blue jacket... a futuristic touch to the piece.


'Regal (Bookshelf)' Photographic Collage:

Regal / Bookshelf | Erlangen, Germany | 1997 | Photographic Collage Thumbnail | ©Chris J. Politzki

A fairly busy looking collage, this one. It was taken within the flat where my future wife-to-be and I were living in Erlangen, Germany. Although the bookshelf (Regal in German) was straight, I tried to bend it within this collage.

With this piece, I decided to trim and cut some of the actual slide film to allow things to fit better. In the past, with prints, I was able to overlap the images. With the transparency film, I was unable to do this as the density built up and did not allow light to easily pass through from the back of the images.


'Schlafzimmer (Bedroom)' Photographic Collage:

Schlafzimmer / Bedroom | Erlangen, Germany | 1997 |  Photographic Collage Thumbnail | ©Chris J. Politzki

I really enjoyed the way these new transparency collages were turning out. They took and enormous amount of time to create with the actual shooting of the images, then waiting for the development, and then laying out the images and trimming them to create each collage, but it was worth the effort.

In this collage you can see our desk area within the bedroom (Schlafzimmer in German). The tungsten light on the right hand side creates a nice yellowish cast to add some warmth to the scene.


'Tower in the Middle of Brussels' Photographic Collage:

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

If you can't see the tower hidden in this collage, follow the blue arrow sign. This scene I found in the middle of Brussels, Belgium and it just struck me as so absurd. A true clash of modern vs. old displayed right in the middle of town.


'View in Oberndorf' Photographic Collage:

Oberndorf scene | Germany | 1997 | Photographic Collage Thumbnail | ©Chris J. Politzki

Germany provided many photographic opportunities for me. This collage depicts a view in the small village of Oberndorf. This time around, I shot the scene with my Mamiya RB 67 medium format camera.


Early Collages | Shadow Box Collages | Later Collages