by Jan Stradtmann
“Still Hunt” was shot in the area surrounding Gallipoli, in Southern Italy, in August of 2015. It showcases a group of teenagers meeting at the beach at night. The pictures are taken by a camera trap equipped with a motion sensor and infrared flash. This technology, usually used to observe animals and animal behavior for hunting and scientific purposes, is here directed at the teenagers, putting them in the spotlight of a blurry picture and turning them into objects of quasi-scientific observation. The teenagers are captured in candid moments; what exactly is occurring in each photograph is left open to interpretation. The way the images are cropped, the low resolution of the camera itself, and the use of black and white effects combine to create an alienated impression. “Still Hunt” captures the height of summer coming to an end, encapsulated in the choreography of teenage bodies.
Jan Stradtmann (Germany, 1976) studied MA Photographic Studies at the University of Westminster London. His work was featured in solo exhibitions in Lyon, Rome and Darmstadt and he contributed to more than fifteen group exhibitions such as “United Nations Extended – The Vienna Dialog”, MuseumsQuartier Vienna, Austria (2015) and “To Have and Have Not”, Noorderlicht International Photofestival, Groningen, NL (2013).
“Still Hunt” has been released as a newspaper style magazine in September 2016. Specifications and order details can be found on the “Still Hunt” magazine page: still-hunt.tumblr.com