At first glance, all these images created by Frank Kunert, a German photographer are captivating, imaginative and ordinary. They seem pretty ordinary – that is until you look a little closer. And then you see that each one of these astonishing miniature images, photographs of small worlds, has something a little darker.
THE DARKER SIDE
It is the dark or satirical side that makes Frank Kunert’s work so extraordinary. Each image tells a story. The story is not so much about the lovely miniature room that you can see, but it is about the darkness behind it.
It may be the torture chair that is actually in an ordinary living room, it may be the child’s slide that leads to nowhere or it may be the toilet pipe leading to the television. Either way, when you look at the image, the ‘ordinary’ is no longer ordinary.
Frank Kunert is telling stories about real life, not in a pretty way. There is much more to life than having your car washed, sitting in front of the television or hanging out in a kid’s playground.
There may well be something dark and sinister behind and we think that is what Kunert is trying to show.
Kunert’s astonishing miniature images ‘Photographs of Small Worlds’ take some time to create. He photographs a scene which to start off with an ordinary scene. It is usually a scene of domestic or urban bliss.
He then creates a model of the scene, a miniature model, but adds his own dark satirical twist.
The astonishing miniature images make us confront the things we may not want to see.
Kunert’s work is disturbing but brilliant and creative at the same time. He forces the viewer to dissect the ordinary and to look at hollow words, banalities, and ordinary catchphrases.
He makes us see what may not be there physically but is definitely there, behind the scenes, lurking.
Kunert has a series called ‘Frank Kunert – Wonderland’. It’s on from now until January 28 at the Museum Boppard and is well worth visiting. You can also take a look at his website to see photographs of the models, most of which took months to create.
Nothing is as simple as it seems. Have a look and interpret these images in your own way.