Marcel Meyer is a media design student at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz and lives in the Klarastrasse, one of the anonymous roads lined with post-war utilitarian buildings that meander out of the pedestrian precinct.
He has 22 shops as neighbours.
No chains, all specialists, traditional, many owner-operated.
The thesis for his semester project was that the person that you encounter in a shop is almost anonymous – incidental to the transaction and without a clear profile.
Out of focus.
To emphasise this, he photographed the person (owner, employee) with a medium format analogue camera against the background of the shop.
The shop’s in focus, the person isn’t.
He then photographed the subject – this time in focus and in their environment – digitally, with their out-of-focus portrait in the background.
This week, every shop in the road is an art gallery, with the original image on display.
He’s also got a small shop (No 2, just behind Kaufhof) as a gallery.
If you miss it, here’s his website
And here’s a good one:
Marcel was saying that he felt a bit out of place in Café Gerster.
“You know” he said “It’s a bit of a Granny café…..?”
“So you’ll know how I feel in the “Annabatterie“, then..” I said.