hair by herlinde koelbl
Hair comes in all sorts of shapes, textures and colours and I’ve always kind of been fascinated by it. Yes, like many other girls I have a pinterest board titled “hair” (see here) where I have a large collection full of hair-spiration. But my fascination is not just a shallow self-centred one. Hair, or the lack thereof, can say a lot about a person; their personality, health, background or culture, their lifestyle or even just their mood on a that particular day.
Herlinde Koelbl is a german, internationally recognized photographer, who for six years traveled the world, shooting images surrounding the broad topic of hair. From her adventures she published a book showcasing a fascinating insight into hair as a symbol of beauty and femininity, as well as strength and masculinity, wilderness, innocence and even sickness. The artists gives us a fascinating and intimate view of what to us, is so ordinary.
In 2011 I was visiting a friend in Konstanz, where Herlinde’s photo exhibit Haare happened to be on display. Below are a few of my favourite shots from the day.