Tim Dechent is a 33 year-old photographer based in Essen, Germany, where he studies Art Photography in a master degree. Learning everyday about himself, this art form is for him the most powerful medium to express his feelings and view on the world, as well as it allows him to discover the planet. His on-going project As God Created Mankind He Was Already Exhausted questions the exhaustion in the creative process of photography.
Tim grew up in Mainz am Rhein but left the city early to tour Germany as a lead guitarist in a pop-band. It was his first contact with photography as he took pictures of the band while touring all the time. As the business side of the music industry slowly decreased he finally made photography his main effort.
Please introduce your series As God Created Mankind He Was Already Exhausted
This series is still an on-going project. Though I healed myself from the exhaustion I had, there are still scenarios in my head which need to be staged and take the project to another layer. It’s like an afterglow of a state of mind which slowly turns into something new. Maybe in a few pictures the project means something completely different to me.
As God Created Mankind He Was Already Exhausted deals with the exhaustion in the creative process of photography itself. Through processing feelings and scenes of my own exhaustion into staged, symbolic works, the series turned into a self-healing state. Becoming, flowing and movement seemed more interesting as statics and rest. The discussion of exhaustion led to a progression from stagnation.
More of Tim Dechent’s work on his website.