MESDAMES AT MESSIEURS: I AM PHIL PORTER, PHOTOGRAPHER RESIDING IN BREMEN, VOYEUR OF THE BEAUTIFUL, LOVER OF THE BIZARRE, TELLER OF FAIRYTALES, PEARL DIVER AND POET.
I cordially welcome you! Discover a fascinating cabinet of coquetry, a place of commitment to beauty and aesthetics, a wondrous revue of the unknown: the vanity fair has opened its gates for you and, with its various visual stimuli, tempts you to give in to excellence and pleasure.
Discover the basilica in the ‘Viertel’ quarter of Bremen and dive into a world of the old kind. A place where no gem may be too small and no ego may be too big, where faces bask in light, and where rampant time is caught in and tamed by the camera.
Run ashore on the banks of the Weser, that glittering path to freedom, I walked past rocking boats, and fought against distorted shadows and unsavory types to secure one of the sought-after seats in life’s vaudeville show for myself.
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In a house of mirrors I sit on the maestro’s seat and earn my belongings and my beatitude with the creation of memories. My earnest love of photographic images is directed towards the other perspective, the magic of breathtaking visions, and the twofold illusion of a photograph.
Look deep into my eyes and dive into my salmagundi of memories and visual souvenirs. Allow me to open my mind to you, to throw the drawers to the ground: no thoughts stay ordered here; the floor rotates about space and time, your own perception acts up; lost in reverie, I confront your mind with glistening golden mirrors, which your eyes behold for the first time.
Beauty arises from self-discovery, aesthetics from anarchy: together, let us see the big picture through new eyes, let us investigate it and explore it; let us play with the fortuneteller’s crystal ball; let us summon benign spirits and expand our perception of them. We will let them roam free, hovering above us, enthroned above all the things the world has not yet seen.
This is quite possibly your life, your time, and your moment. Trust a versed conman like me and hold the mirrors close to your heart. I’m looking forward to your story, to a handshake, and to an adventure.”