It comes as no surprise that Robert Kohlhuber was first intrigued by photography while studying graphic design. While exploring his new fascination, the Austrian artist found that photography was slowly overshadowing his design work and he made the leap to shooting full-time.
Kohlhuber’s background in design, however, is clearly evident in his work as he has evolved from shooting lifestyle to more interpretational visuals like his current obsession with mirrored objects, macro movement, and liquid abstracts. Robert’s appreciation for abstract art in motion caught our attention so we had to catch up and get some information on how his world began turning into this liquid vortex of inspiration.
For “Flow” you worked with milk and oil. How the heck did you decide you were going to make that cocktail?
I had shot with ink, milk and oil quite often before and have always been amazed by the forms and motions you can get with this combo. Flow was a discovery by accident. I first tried to create shots where a big milk bubble explodes and reveals the colors underneath. I got nice results but the most interesting moment is in fact in the beginning when you mix the mediums. It happens very fast (within just a fraction of a second), so I grabbed my slow-motion camera and froze that moment in time to reveal what you would otherwise miss with the human eye. I like to use slow motion a lot, as it can show processes hardly anyone would ever notice in real time.
For “Demons + The River” you experimented with liquid inks. Why the colour combo and ominously awesome title?
In this shoot I used acrylic paint mixed with water and some glue to make it more sticky. They were leftover colours from a workshop I had attended. I wasn’t hoping for much but was totally surprised as soon as I poured them over a white plate. As the colors began to flow downwards, they revealed this green and some of the yellow underneath. The flowing of the black and silver lines reminded me of the grasping hands of demons reaching out at you and the green of the flowing river of life. Most people don’t want to see it, but we all have our dark sides. I personally started to face my own life’s demons and I like the idea of giving them some form and appearance in my work. That’s when the name popped up in my head.
What’s next for you?
I’m currently working on a shoot that combines fruit and liquid inks that are dropped into water at the same time. It’s a bit tricky as the timing is quite difficult to manage, but I’m on the right track and should soon get a result that looks more like the image I have imagined in my head.
Robert Kohlhuber is a freelance photographer and videographer from Austria, with a love for abstracts and colors. He likes to shoot in different creative ways and discover new things, forever fascinated by art and the beauty of nature. Check out more of Robert’s work in his portfolio >>