We are happy to report for duty once again for Clemens Ascher to composite and retouch his new series "Of Drill and Ceremony".
As part of a large body of personal work that examines different measures of societal control, Clemens Ascher surprised us with yet another brilliant series - this time of staged soldiers in a surreal military bootcamp. The abstract scenes isolate mementos of military life in a fictional regime. Similar to his other projects, Clemens is using strong, graphic elements, and even reintroduces 'The Red Drink', a fictional beverage that ties to the namesake series in which he explores facets of consumerism.
After the photographer captured the soldiers, our London team composited the images from a library of background elements Clemens provided, creating detached structures within an empty desert. We added a sand storm to disguise the vastness of the desert and in some images soldiers almost dissolve into the background, engulfed by the sand.
As Clemens states: "Like always in my works any resemblance to “reality" is entirely coincidental." Or, is it not?? Decide for yourself...
Fig. 264a — LEFT FACE
Fig. 7d — PULLING THE TRIGGER
Fig. 27d — APPROACH THE HANDSHAKE
Fig. 36d — HANDLING THE BULLET
Fig. 26e — THE REGIME'S STRATEGY
Fig. 49f — THE CORRECT SALUTE
Fig. 71a — SHOULDERING THE MACHINE GUN
Fig. 365b — GUARD DUTY
Fig. 356b — SECOND LIEUTENANT IN RECREATIONAL MODE
Fig. 15f — GUARDING THE SUPPLY LINE
Fig. 75a — THE EXPULSION
Fig. 4c — CAMOUFLAGED SNIPERS
Fig. 59a — HANDING OVER THE PANZERFAUST
Fig. 23b — THE SACRIFICE
Fig. 1d — PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Fig. 44a — BLAME THE SUSPECT
Fig. 44b — DENOUNCE THE SUSPECT
Fig. 289c — CONTEMPLATION
Fig. 99a — WANDERING OFF INTO THE DESERT
Photographer: Clemens Ascher
Post Artists: Kate Brown, Aljaz Bezjak, Maria Luisa Calosso, Riikka Eiro / Recom Farmhouse London