"Three dangerous bridges ahead" by Fabian Unternaehrer

May 02, 2018

Fabian is a Swiss photographer who approaches photography from a philosophical perspective, asking questions and letting us to find the best answer. On his series "Three dangerous bridges ahead" Fabian exquisitely captures daily and apparently banal moments, which are instead filled with significance and which make us remember our own treasured moments in life.


Following we present an interview that we had with him:


am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?

FU - ​I am from the canton of Bern, Switzerland where I also grew up, and I've been living in the city of Bern for ten years now.  Thirteen years ago I started studying Photography at the Vevey photo school and five years later at the ZHDK in Zürich. At the moment I am about to finish my Master in Art Education at the HKB in Bern, with this I'll be able to teach more and more photography in the near future while still completing photographic assignments and personal projects.


am - How did you start in photography?

FU - I always had the drive to capture the fleeting seconds of hidden beauty, be it of friends, family, landscapes or animals. Instead of taking my mom's or dad's analog camera, I got my own camera (Olympus Mju II) for my sixteenth birthday​, which I could always take with me on little road trips and for the vacations. I always loved to put those pictures side by side to get a subconscious story, to dream about them or just to remember and to share them.


am - What inspires your work?

FU - ​The muse that kissed/kisses me is maybe best called "existential question-fairy"​.

The different questions seem to appear foremost in the world of arts and philosophy.

Since I am too lazy to paint or to draw, I simply take photographs of what appears to

be interesting or worth telling/showing to me.


am - What is “Three dangerous bridges ahead” about?

FU - ​It is about banal moments which might turn out to be extraordinary and uncanny at the same time. I actually put a poem next to it instead of a long description - I guess it hits the right spot:

"What you wanted from salt was salt. What you wanted from each of the bones of my hand was touch like a river, smoke.

What you wanted from smoke was the holy body ghostly to the mind. What you wanted from the body was a body that would not die.

What you wanted from fire was heat and light, but also char, the flare of sparks. What you wanted I had to give but to make it small enough to crush.

What you wanted to crush was the quick hand, river, birds, the field in flames.

And then what you wanted was salt, a woman weeping at your back, but you could not turn to look."

–Cecilia Woloch, "Salt"


am - How would you describe your visual language?

FU - ​Bright and dark, funny and sad, both at once. I don't know if this is called poetic? With my photography I want it to write between the lines.


am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?

FU - ​Trent Parke, Robert Frank, Richard Billingham, Josef Koudelka and Robert Doisneau ​(thanks to the latter I discovered photography).


am - What are your main interests as an artist?

FU - ​To ask questions and not to give answers - ha!


am - What’s your favourite movie?

FU - ​"Stalker", by Andrei Tarkovsky​.


am - What is your favourite photo book?

FU - "Ray is a laugh", by Richard Billingham​.


am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.

FU - ​Than​k you as well dear Daniel!

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