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GoSee loves... Jessica Backhaus 'Six Degrees of Freedom'. On objects from childhood days, the roots of existence and her personal connection to seafaring

“Objects are something very important because they also reveal to us characterization and let us look into a person's soul,” says Jessica Backhaus (born 1970 ) at the Paris Photo event in November. The work of the photographer with the special knack for detail have been exhibited internationally and can be found in important collections. She has published several illustrated books, the most recent of which in November titled Six Degrees of Freedom. A beautiful book and our GoSee last-minute Christmas present tip! In addition, Jessica presents her personal selection from the book on GoSee.

Jessica Backhaus explores with her latest photographic series 'Six Degrees of Freedom' universal questions of human existence. She deliberately chose objects from her childhood, which she photographed in a minimalistic way for the project. Based on her own biography, she asks about the significance of knowing the roots of our own existence and how it is possible to reevaluate these – for the most part – predetermined roots. Unconsciously at first, then in a more targeted way at some point in her life, the photographer, who grew up in a family of artists, embarked on a search of her own heritage. On this journey, she visited places of her childhood and youth to fill the gaps in her memories. With her photographs she preserves the essence of her search and life's stations in symbols.

We wanted to know how she came up with the unusual name for her project. “'Six Degrees of Freedom' is a maritime expression used by navigators. Six different movements are all it takes to sale a ship to freedom at sea: forward, backward, left, right, up, and down. My grandfather on my mom's side was a navigator and my book is about heritage, roots, destiny, the search for my biological father and memories, etc. If you work intensively with your past, you must also let go in order to find your own freedom. That's why I found the title so fitting in many ways.”

Our secret favorite is the curtain. “It's a indirect portrait of my parents: both actors, blended with the metaphor of waves and mountains,” the photographer tells us with a blink.

In a talk on NDR Kultur television, Jessica provides insight into her family history, talks about her relationship with the great photographer Gisèle Freund and describes her impressions of Paris during the Days of Terror. The illustrated book with texts by Caroline von Courten, Lars Mextorf, and Jessica Backhaus was published by Kehrer Publishing.

Jessica Backhaus 'Six Degrees of Freedom'
Authors: Caroline von Courten, Lars Mextorf, Jessica Backhaus
Hardcover, 22.8 x 27.4 cm, 132 pages, 64 color and B/W ills.
ISBN 978-3-86828-667-0, 39.90 euros, Kehrer Publishing
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Steam, ice, oceans: Water forms the beauty of our planet – just how beautiful is shown by Bernhard Edmaier in his new illustrated book 'Water' by Prestel Publishing and his exclusive selection on GoSee

Poetically seen, water is the source of all life. Technically, water is the only compound on our planet which exists in all three states: liquid, frozen solid as ice, and as gaseous steam. Edmaier also sees the beauty of the multifaceted element in all of its colors, shapes and structures. The complex natural spectacles found by the geologist and photographer have now been published in a new illustrated book by Prestel Publishing.

We present his breathtaking view of our planet. And since we could hardly make up our minds at the sight of so much natural beauty, we asked the photographer to show us his favorite motifs, to which he also provided a short description.

Water is sometimes constructive, sometimes destructive, and sometimes both at once – but whatever the case, it has always formed the beauty of the earth. It gives plants the necessary moisture, transports sand and rocks to other areas in a constant flow, forms valleys and canyons, islands, beaches, glaciers, and deeply circulating in the earth's crust, it even causes volcanic eruptions. In 220 color illustrations, Edmaier enchants with his shots from a bird's-eye view, which appear as painter studies with playful use of graphics and colors.


Bernhard Edmaier became famous in 2004 with his illustrated book "Earthsong", and was also awarded the renowned Hasselblad Master Award (2001). Edmaier was a geologist before he switched to photography – and the knowledge of this science still serves as the foundation for his work. In cooperation with the texts of geologist and scientific publisher Dr. Angelika Jung-Hüttl, the diverse photo, exhibition and book projects were created.

Bernahrd Edmaier - Wasser, Prestel Publishing, 240 pages, 220 color illustrations, ISBN: 978-3-7913-8164-0
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Glass, bronze & stone - the 'Canaveral Table', an exceptional and very timeless piece of design history by Mark Brazier-Jones, our personal GoSee shopping recommendation

Glass… bronze… stone... Not a game, these three primordial materials are the timeless components with which 'Canaveral Table' by Designer Mark Brazier-Jones was created to bear witness from here to eternity. As Mark tells GoSee: “It is here now... it will be here in a thousand years.” The spectacular and almost indestructible table comes complete with a bronze base and a 7 ft 6” glass surface. The center piece is a gigantic fluorite stone, found raw and then polished during the late Qing Dynasty at the beginning of the twentieth century and originated most likely from the Huan region of today's China. Price upon request.

About - Fluorite has been utilized over the centuries in many forms … the ancient Egyptians used it on statues and in carving scarabs. The Romans believed that drinking alcoholic beverages from vessels carved of fluorite kept the drinker from getting drunk (see the British Museum Collection of carved Fluorite Cups : the Crawford Cup, 1st-2nd Century AD). Artefacts of carved fluorite were found in the ruins of Pompeii. In the 18th Century, Fluorite was powdered in water to relieve the symptoms of kidney disease, and the Chinese have used it in carvings for more than 300 years, believing that it was excellent for treating and protecting against disease.  brazier-jones.com
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