I Wanted to See the World.
Photographs by Jessica Backhaus.
Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, 2011. 80 pp., 41 color illustrations, 12¼x9".
Jessica Backhaus is that rare photographer today who can capture nuances of everyday life in combination with a sensational feeling for color. Within all three of her published series, Jesus and the Cherries, What Still Remains and One Day in November (Kehrer 2005 and 2008), we witness the most subtle, yet vibrant use of color as it reflects off surfaces or embraces people and their possessions. It is color at the service of her subject, and she embraces the world around her with considerable tenderness and precision.
In her most recent series I Wanted To See The World, we are totally immersed in her rippling colors as we see both the natural world and man-made structures in reflection on the surface of rivers and lakes. In particular the works from Venice offer the most intriguing palette of soft oranges, pale yellows and strange grays.