In the Orbit of El Teide, 2010-2011, is a visual and psychological approach to the notion of the perspective.
Since my 2009 project, The Point of View, I have been looking at various aspects of the viewing process and, consequently, decision making in photography, in terms of the perspective and, even more so, the framing. I've also been examining the consequences these processes have on the way we perceive specific places by showing them each in multiple, but very similar views.
In the Orbit of El Teide now focuses on the question of what can be seen, or how much information can be gathered, from only one single point of view, versus the information, visual or abstract, one could gather by orbiting an object, question or focus point. In this way, two different points of views of the same subject matter could differ in their look or feel tremendously and might not even be recognized as the same subject matter anymore.
Like pieces in a puzzle, every image from In the Orbit of El Teide holds different visual aspects of the same subject, in this case the mountain El Teide. But other than a piece in a puzzle, each image appears to strongly stand on its own. And it is only through looking at these images one-by-one that one realizes how much more information, visual aspects, perspectives or stories-to-be-told there are to just one single mountain—or to any subject matter, basically.
You can watch a documentary about the making of the series here.
Meike Nixdorf, born 1976 in Mainz, Germany, is a Berlin based photographer and artist. She has a background in science and was educated in photography and video at the International Center of Photography during her three year stay in New York, 2005-2008. She is an award winning photographer who´s work has been exhibited internationally. She was featured in a juried group exhibition at the Darmstadt Photography Festival, Germany, 2010, and took part in the FotoFest Houston Reviews 2010 where her work was acquired for the Joaquim Paiva Collection, Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Early 2011 her work was on view at the International Center of Photography, New York, in a group exhibition curated by Amy Arbus, “Moment of Recognition”. Recently her work was shown at the Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, as part of the exhibition “Photographs – The Joaquim Paiva Collection”, a selection of 69 international artists including photograpers like Diane Arbus, Ansel Adams, Edward Ruscha, Grete Stern and Martin Chambi.