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New Photography Exhibit at Berlin is Hecho a Mano

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By Tracey Selingo

The soul longs for transparency, while the human longs for transcendence. These two very real, conflicting states of being create the human condition—a desire to be fully seen in this world and also beyond it. To connect with the Great Mystery and also be recognized as a thread of it.

What does it take to see the soul and uplift the human?

Five minutes. One light. True love. A sense of wonder within the people of San Miguel de Allende.

The moment they agree to sit for a portrait, their eyes become a channel within them—enabling the camera to capture the source of their light. In this moment, they offer their permission to be seen not just by the camera or the photographer but also by the countless other kindred spirits who will someday see their light. This moment—the moment they open their heart—they offer a connection in the present and in the future to those privileged to lock eyes with them through this silent, yet powerful, conversation.

Portrait after portrait after portrait exposes their divinity, reveals their fragility, and highlights their resilience here on earth. As a witness of these beings floating on the translucent fibers of each Japanese Kozo print, you know.

You know who you are seeing, and you know what is asking to be seen—in a way you have never seen before. Human after human after human.

The spirits within.

About “Carlos” Gunther Maier

Some people use their eyes to see, others to speak. Carlos G Maier, whose new photo exhibit, Hecho a Mano, will show at Berlin Bar and Bistro, uses his as a microphone for the soul. Photographer. Filmmaker. The easiest way to comprehend his talent is to absorb it for what it is: raw truth—intense, funny, humble.

Carlos G started taking pictures in Germany with nothing more than a Kodak Instamatic camera and curiosity. He completed a three-year photography apprenticeship and later earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing communication and design. He then headed to the US to join an elusive club of mad men. Working as an art director/creative director in large and small New York City boutique agencies gave him the mojo he needed to eventually cofound his own advertising agency in Philadelphia named SFGT Advertising.

His work for clients like Mercedes-Benz, IBM, Dow Jones Global Indexes, Hitachi, Sandoz, Jägermeister, and the 76ers basketball club introduced him to photographers like Jeff Zwart, John Paul Endress, Clint Clemens, Tony Gaye, and Dietmar Hennka. He worked with them to bring his creative vision to life. It’s here where the dots of Carlos’s life started connecting at light speed.

Photographers have a way of seeing the world inside out. Individually and collectively. His latest adventure just started in San Miguel de Allende, the city where he found his soul again.

 

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