When Thomas Struth visited Disneyland ..

Thomas Struth, Mountain, Anaheim, California 2013
Thomas StruthMountain, 2013

Thomas Struth’s trip to Disneyland

The collection of Thomas Struth: full of dynamic creativity, unseeingly authenticity.

You’d definitely know it is inspired by a life beyond what our eyes can see. He made art in an angle where our minds depict an unimaginative reality that is correlated through the art of modern technology. The conceptualization was well thought in such a way that fantasies and imagination has materialized and has become a reality.

This [Indiana Jones Adventure] reminded me of being a child, and the Düsseldorf fairground on the banks of the Rhine. There was a ride called the Geisterbahn, in which skeletons drop out of the darkness. When you’re eight years old, it scares the shit out of you. The Indiana Jones movies are a great mix of everything: the Western, the adventure story, science fiction, the Arthurian legend. This is really the imperial ride—the coals of hellfire are glowing, and every fifteen minutes a huge flame shoots out of the bottom. It’s very dark, so it was a five-minute exposure. I was sick that week, but I worked all night on this picture. I was standing there at four o’clock in the morning, thinking, This is going to kill me.


Thomas Struth, Canyon, Anaheim, California 2013
Thomas StruthCanyon, 2013

The work is in carving out the frame in a certain way so that it has this ambiguity. The artifice of the place has a strange effect on the body-mind presence. It seems to be something in human nature to do this: Frederick the Great built a grotto at Potsdam; the Romantics built fake ruins. But Disney is where that really became an industry.

Thomas Struth, Pond, Anaheim, California 2013
Thomas StruthPond, 2013

This was taken in It’s a Small World, but it doesn’t immediately make you think of Disney. It’s an odd environment—an artificial mix of things that’s a little bizarre. It’s beautiful but it makes you a little uncomfortable.

Thomas Struth, Ride,Anaheim, California 2013
Thomas StruthRide, 2013

All photos courtesy of the artist Thomas Struth/thomasstruth32.com unless otherwise noted.

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