“Quest – Im Wandel der Zeit” is a growing collection of stories captured around the world and told in photographic, written and audio-recorded language. On countless expeditions mostly undertaken on foot but also by bicycle, public transportation, car or boat, I explore and document the immense diversity our cultures and man-made environments have to offer. How space is organized and designed and how written language comes across, tells tales about the local folks and point in time. Metropolises have shown us that our creations are interventions, involuntarily affecting everyone. The way we design and build is merely another form of powerful human interaction.
This project is about people in the sense of the known saying “Show me how you live and I tell you who you are”, but on a global, public scale. Like the choice of a particular typeface delivers a specific, underlying message or mood, so does the selection of building materials and architectural layouts, works of art or design solutions in general. As the river of inspiration keeps flowing, my desire for more discoveries will spark new ideas to become “a story” involving signs, calligraphy, typography, architecture, art, industrial design and technology.
From small town to mega-city a global, corporate unification process can be witnessed. It has progressed so aggressively and spread with such paste, that it’s sometimes hard to tell in which city you’re in because the city centers increasingly look alike.
Let’s admit that we have submissively surrendered to the persistence of the (visual) contamination, caused by global “profit-only” players. I walk far and travel further to find and capture and sometimes even preserve, individuality and character. Because I know, once a neighborhood is destroyed and residents are driven out, neither money nor effort will bring back it’s former charme.
Vorarlberg born Oliver Lins has been drawn to the Bauhaus movement early on. The result is this impressive photographic project about the special Bauhaus period, it’s architecture and symbols … tbc
Preserving enthralling typography
PAGE magazine interview, 2014
Photographing urban typography is a passion of Oliver Lins. Luckily he shares his findings with us via his agency blogs www.olex.org/news, www.olex.org/blog. We talked to the Berlin based creative to find out more about his motivations.
On your blog you show a whole lot of beautiful and inspiring typography from around the world. How did this come to be? The idea to capture typographical impressions from any location was in our heads since the nineties. In those days we were still all in New York and I started to think about collecting exciting typographical gems for a future book publication which would be closely related to our design agency OLEX. With the rise of the “new” media, we instead picked up that idea again in 2008 to form our first company blog.
Who is working on this project? We exclusively use material which we create ourselves. While my brothers initially contributed as well, the blog soon became my sole responsibility. Blessed and able to do extensive travels enabled me to collect large bodies of photographic work over the years.
Which cities can we look forward next? Keeping my eyes open anytime and anywhere turned out to be the ideal strategy. Wherever I travel and go I plan for enough exploration time. In the near future Paris, New York, Istanbul and Berlin and Vienna are on my radar.