The former kindergarten and the abandoned playground represent impermanence and the loss of innocence. They remind us of past times when we, as children, played carefree on the playground – today, all that remains are the playground and a dreary atmosphere.
The abandoned teddy bear embodies the theme of loneliness and loss. It reminds us of our childhood, when we carried our favorite doll with us constantly and entrusted it with our most intimate secrets.
The butterfly is a symbol of transformation, beauty, and freedom. It reminds us that life undergoes constant change and that something beautiful and liberating can emerge from loneliness and loss.
The images show us how our past, our losses, and our sorrows shape us and contribute to who we are today.
Decades after the nuclear catastrophe of Chernobyl, nature in this series of images presents another impressive example of the synthesis between human remnants and the natural environment. The uninhabited buildings, once constructed by humans, are being reclaimed by plants and animals, creating a unique combination of urban architecture and wild nature.
Pit Buehler | Chernobyl Exclusion Zone | 2021
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Pit Buehler
Pit Buehler was born in 1972 in Zug, Switzerland. After graduating from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, he followed a personal invitation from Professor Strauß to be guest of the master class of photography at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig. He has travelled across more than 90 countries to photograph faces of our time. His protagonists are strong or delicate, broken or dynamic. With great virtuosity, Buehler stages the subjects while managing his technical equipment with an ultimate perfection as he works with brush and easel. A breathtaking aesthetic of the photographs inflates the momentum of the reality into an iconic cosmos.Buehler generates in his shots a mysterious tension between comfortable proximity and aureate aloofness that simply allures. In his art work, Buehler does not take his photographs during a performance. He prefers to set up a studio on location where he can not only control the lighting, but can also direct the dancers and artists in their exploration of the expressive possibilities of photographed movements – combined with his unique portrait style and by capturing their art in motion. Buehler is regularly realizing photo projects for national and international exhibitions. His work has been widely recognized with international awards, publications and exhibitions. Pit lives in Switzerland, but follows his passion around the world.