BIO from his own site: “Carsten Witte, born in 1964, is the venerable priest of beauty. Already as a little boy of three he slack-jadedly gazed after beauties that where passing by when he was walking at his mother’s hand. Many years later, after he had attended the Bielefeld school of photography, worked as assistant for renowned photographers and started his career as a freelancer with his own studio in 1989, he could finally dedicate himself exclusively to his perfect esthetics at taking shots of beautiful woman’s bodies, their eroticism and chasteness and the sensual play of shadow and light, whereas he has never betrayed the deference to the beautiful creature.
Numerous national and international fashion and lifestyle magazines engaged the master of modern form finding and even in the advertisement Witte distinguished himself with the subtle and extremely reduced structures in his images. “It’s always faces that fascinate me and this mysterious purity of really beautiful people“, he said.
Since 1999 Witte is increasingly engaging in art. In 2003 he produced a series of timeless fantasies with female nudes who were always accompanied by a flower stalk.
Witte: „ The basic idea of these juxtapositions of nudes and plants is very formal and puristic. Form, color and transience are reduced to a common denominator. „ Since the year 2000 Witte keeps working on the highly respected series of works „Gold“. By means of secret tinctures and a special laboratory technique his icons of beauty have been attired in mysterious shimmering black-golden coats. The play of shadow and light, black and gold gives the images complexity, depth and a subtle charm. Witte calls this phenomenon „timeless absorption“.
Carsten Witte’s beauties are naked but never bare. They rather seem to feel secure in the superposing shadows. The interpretation of his works is basically left to the beholder but as a matter of fact he is subtly directing the view through his mise-en-scène. An US magazine called him the „David Lynch of fashion photography“. His images are mystery plays, you never know exactly what is going on. Carsten Witte offers the parts but everyone has to solve the mystery himself.”
Katie Hosmer on My Modern Met says “…In this work, magnificent textures and colors of enlarged butterfly wings are combined with female faces to create a unique twist on portrait photography. Carsten Witte fuses these two forms of natural beauty together in his series Camouflage.
The manipulation of shadow and light leads the viewer to look directly into the eyes of his subjects. The natural allure of each female face perfectly combines with the intricate details of each butterfly wing. When photographing, Witte says, “It’s always faces that fascinate me and this mysterious purity of really beautiful people.“
It’s difficult to tell how these images were created—is it light projection, possibly Photoshop or maybe even painted faces? Ultimately, that is Witte’s intention as he offers us pieces to the puzzle by saying, “Everyone has to solve the mystery himself.”
The photo series titled ‘Camouflage’ by Carsten Witte captures the beauty of butterflies in a unique way. It projects their colorful wings onto the faces of equally beautiful models. By juxtaposing these two images together, the Hamburg-based photographer creates metamorphosis-like masks that connect human identity with the idea of change.
Although Camouflage by Carsten Witte is similar to one of his previous projects titled Psyche, which also centers around his affinity towards butterflies, this photo series focuses entirely on close-up portraits. It takes a more figurative approach when comparing humans, specifically women, to butterflies rather than turning them into fantastical hybrid creatures.
Other than the winged patterns projected onto the models’ faces, Camouflage by Carsten Witte showcases barely there makeup for natural beauty looks. These looks complement the nature-inspired theme of the shoot.
SEE MORE of Carsten Witte on these other sites:
- Carsten Witte’s Website
- Snapzlife Beautiful Eyes Folio of Carsten Witte
- Juztapoz Folio of Carsten Witte’s Skull Portraits
- His Folio on Artdoxa