Birgit Baldauf is an innovative young photographer who studied (in Vienna) under Friedl Kubelka. She is currently attending the University of Salzburg where she is completing her thesis on Montreal film director Lea Pool.
She speaks of the camera as “a mirror of myself, reflecting my moods, trying to look into myself, understand and see myself on those days I couldn’t catch myself. The photos were shot between Oct. 18th and Dec. 9th in Montreal, in a one-room apartment, where I felt like a foreigner in a strange city, in exile. It was an emotional trip, a sort of huis clos that wouldn’t let go, wouldn’t let me out, a back and forth between solitude and absence.”
“I believe the camera can do more than capture or report on what is there. Like what Cézanne did in art, I’m trying to eliminate or get beyond the line, beyond realism. I would like to think that the difference between an artist and photographer is that in the hands of the former, the camera is in the service of interpretation.”
Ms. Bauldauf has exhibited in the frontier project Retzhof/Leibnitz, and The Earth Project (Projekt Erde) at Kulm, Austria.