Thomas Lieser – testimonial

wrong parking place
wrong parking place photo by onkel_wart / Thomas Lieser, Vienna, Austria

The photo series of Thomas Lieser / onkel_wart often deal with the transitoriness, the failure, the death. Not in a larmoyant way, but affectionately, understanding, done by quiet sadness, often landed in a conciliatory humor, which knows how to resign itself to that what anyway is at it is. Transient is everything: People, animals, also objects: Thus we find in his collection old cranial bones in the village out backs as well as military war-jets landed on an auction place – in the very back big-city jungle. Mostly his photo series “Closing Time” have touched me: about closed small store bars in his town of VIENNA. His searching grid: ” Shops of all kind – in homage to all those little shops holding on and to those that had to give up the fight. “We discover a milk-shop or a hairdressing salon which wanted to overcome at last with the most modern dreadlocks and hair lengthening – just before toughy the bald head fashion came. The photo of a dance scale which had probably seen better days, got the underline comment: “Sad to say, they didn’t save the last dance for me …” A photo of Thomas Lieser always has a wonderfully story-telling tone, a really lyrical vein! It is to be hoped very much that he holds his small Flickr-photo store still long on-line and up to date!

skull + Cafe Flamingo

Die Foto-Serien von Thomas Lieser / onkel_wart beschäftigen sich oft mit der Vergänglichkeit, dem Scheitern, dem Sterben. Aber nicht auf eine larmoyante Weise, sondern liebevoll, verständnisvoll, von leiser Wehmütigkeit getrieben, oft im versöhnlichen Humor gelandet, der sich mit dem abzufinden weiß, was nun einmal so ist. Vergänglich sind wir alle: Menschen, Tiere, auch Gegenstände: So finden wir in seiner Kollektion alte Schädelknochen im dörflichen Hinterland als auch auf einem Auktionsplatz gelandete Militär-Düsenjäger – im hintersten Großstadt-Dschungel. Am meisten angerührt hat mich seine Serie “Closing Time” über geschlossene kleine Ladenlokale in seiner Stadt WIEN. Sein Suchraster: “Shops of all kind – an hommage to all those little shops holding on and to those that had to give up the fight in the end:” Wir sehen ein Milchgeschäft oder einen Frisiersalon, der sich zuguter letzt noch mit modernsten Rasta-Locken und Haarverlängerungen über Wasser halten wollte – bis dann wohl knallhart die Glatzen-Mode kam. Das Foto von einem Tanzschuppen, der wohl bessere Tage gesehen hatte, untertitlelt er: “Sad to say, they didn’t save the last dance for me…” Das Fotografieren von Thomas Lieser hat einen wunderbar erzählenden Ton, eine wirklich lyrische Ader! Es ist sehr zu hoffen, dass er seinen kleinen Flickr-Fotoladen noch lange online hält!

About frizztext

writer, photographer, guitarist

4 responses to “Thomas Lieser – testimonial

  1. It’s a great honor to find my photography summarized in these well chosen words.
    Thanks, Dietmar

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  2. Interesting shot of s small plane in a car parking lot. 🙂

    Like

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