“Berge bleichen” / “Mountains Bleach” 2016-2020, all images are taken in the Val Lumnezia, Grisons, Switzerland
“It’s about the idea of escaping from density and saturation in order to feel time and slowness again”
“Mountains Bleach” takes place in the small valley “Val Lumnezia” in the Swiss Graubünden.
A valley with one entrance and no exit, with one road and no tunnel to the next area.
This creates calm, a pale island in a saturated country like Switzerland. Things are left standing, time can pass, clocks run behind. Nobody cares.
The light of the sun is strongand proudly shows its traces. It peels colour, bleaches nature and man-made things in it.
Mountains are serious and often scary. They talk about life and death, about permanence and transience. They don’t easily reveal history and secrets.
The series shows the previously described, different picture of the mountains. The opposite of the romantic picture that everyone knows. Apart from tourism and pure infrastructure, places in the valley have been sought that are simply allowed to be. Without claims to meaning and purpose for the masses.
The pure undemanding itself – at first glance. Because they need great attention to the apparently invisible. Things that seem trivial to us at first and only reveal something deeper, if we look closely and intensively. These objects and landscapes make us reflect on the transient nature of things and lets us appreciate the beauty of decay again.
Sandro Livio Straube was born in Zurich in 1992 and is a Swiss photographer and architect.
After completing his studies and various jobs in studios, he decided to escape the density of the city and returned to Val Lumnezia. There he worked on his 4-year project “Bleaching Mountains”.
He mainly works with medium and large format cameras and, in addition to his own artistic projects, also takes photos for commissions.
His work “Mountains Bleach” was shown for the first time this year as a solo exhibition at Galerie 94 in Baden. This was followed by group exhibitions at Photo Basel 2020, Virtual Connect L.A. and Photo Basel/ Berlin and the work was published on many different platforms.
He is officially represented by Sascha Laue and his gallery 94.
He works and lives in Wädenswil and Vella, Switzerland.
© text and pictures by Sandro Livio Straube