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Dominique Teufen

Meine Weltreise auf meiner Kopiermaschine

My travels through the world on my copy machine

Photography project 2013-2018


Who doesn’t know them? These fantastic pictures of a journey through distant lands; the snow-covered expanses of Antarctica, the picturesque hills of China, for example, or the rugged fjords of Norway. Everyone has seen them before, they seem familiar to us, they arouse a longing in us, but most of us have never actually been there. Based on these beautiful landscape pictures from photo books and magazines, my travel trough the world with my copy machine is created and photographed between 2013-2018 in my studio. The illusion seems perfect; the mental journey into a believed reality has begun. Our suggestive perception draws pictures of picturesque landscapes, which in reality are all products of a commercially available copy machine. The imposing mountain range turns out to be a trivial thin silk paper piece, the idyllic beach a thin plastic bag and the impressive glacier as a mere queuing of cotton balls.



Exhibtion: Photoforum Pasquart Biel Dezember 2015
Photographes specifications: Hahnemühle baryt on Aluminium, grey wooden frame, UV protective glass



Starting with crumpled paper, deformed plastic, Plexiglas and foils, to flour, cotton wool and coffee grounds, a variety of materials are placed on the copying machine. In addition, the exposure is controlled by lid manipulation of the copying machine. In the process, these materials transform into moonlit, snow-covered mountain slopes, huge rock formations, cloudy hilly landscapes or, for example, a reflective and moving water surface with a striking coastal silhouette. I capture these imaginary landscapes with my camera and thus transform them into a possible reality. The A3 black and white photocopies are then destroyed. For my travel trough the world with my copy machine I stay in my studio, and document my journey to unknown areas, to distant countries where physically I could never travel to, but in my imagination I can go wherever I want.



                                   In my Studio 2016



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Panorama 2014 Hahnemühle Baryta fin art print, 101/180cm




Summertime 2015 Hahnemühle Baryta fin art print, 60/90 cm




Driedout 2015, Hahnemühle Baryta fin art print, 40/60cm




Ridge 2015 Hahnemühle Baryta fin art print, 40/60cm




Canyon 2015 Hahnemühle Baryta fin art print, 40/60cm




Rockydesert 2015 Hahnemühle Baryta fin art print, 40/60cm



Twilight 2015 Hahnemühle Baryta fin art print, 40/60cm

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Riverbed 2014 Hahnemühle Baryta fin art print, 40/60cm


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Mountainview 2013 Hahnemühle Baryta fin art print, 40/60cm


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Island 2013 Hahnemühle Baryta fin art print, 40/60cm


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Rainday 2013 Hahnemühle Baryta fin art print, 40/60cm


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Peak 2013 Hahnemühle Baryta fin art print, 40/60cm


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Moonlight 2013 Hahnemühle Baryta fin art print, 40/60cm


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Cliff 2013 Hahnemühle Baryta fin art print, 40/60cm


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Tramontane 2013 Hahnemühle Baryta fin art print, 40/60cm


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Snowfield 2013 Hahnemühle Baryta fin art print, 40/60cm


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Coastline 2013 Hahnemühle Baryta fin art print, 40/60cm


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Starrynight 2013 Hahnemühle Baryta fin art print, 40/60cm


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Icelake 2016 Hahnemühle Baryta fin art print, 101/180cm


Watercave 2016 Hahnemühle Baryta fin art print, 80/120cm


Surf 2016 Hahnemühle Baryta fin art print, 40/60cm


Morninghaze 2016 Hahnemühle Baryta fin art print, 40/60cm


Mysticfog 2016 Hahnemühle Baryta fin art print, 100/150cm


Rollingthunder 2016 Hahnemühle Baryta fin art print, 40/60cm


Sandscapes 2016 Hahnemühle Baryta fin art print, 40/60cm


Massif 2016 Hahnemühle Baryta fin art print, 60/90cm


Fullmoon 2016 Hahnemühle Baryta fin art print, 80/120cm


Gravelpits 2016 Hahnemühle Baryta fin art print, 120/180cm


Glacierlake 2016 Hahnemühle Baryta fin art print, 60/90cm