Ponce Inlet Beach, 2007/2008.
Photograph. Giclee print. 15 5/8 x 39 3/4 inches.
Permanent collection of the Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, FL.
Selected as a gift by Sister Cities Association of Volusia County and presented to Governor
Jorge Carlos Hurtado Valdez for the State of Campeche, Mexico's permanent art collection.
Price available upon request
Mr. Mittelhaeuser was born in Crailsheim, Germany and moved to the United States to pursue
his interest in photography. He received his BA from Bowling Green State University and his
MFA from the University of Michigan. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Photography at
the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies. This is a deceivingly simple photograph in
terms of content. The beach is relatively bare and void of people. The sky is blue and
inviting. But the real strength of this photograph, I think, is how it abstracts over time. Viewed
from a distance, the panoramic perspective reflects upon itself from one side to the other, and
the ballooning effect of the distortion emphasizes the real content of the image--the jutting
lines of the footprints left in the sand--marks left behind in the landscape by the humans. And
then, finally, there's the dense contrast of the highlights in the foam of the ocean waves which
appear to be painted with oil on top of the surface of the photograph with bold strokes of
titanium white. All topped off with a cumulus pompadour!