This special limited-edition photograph by German artist Jessica Backhaus, Harbor, 2010, is an image from the photographer’s series Once, Still and Forever. This series is about human emotions—emotions that all of us feel or have felt at some point in our lives. Her poetic and sometimes quite melancholy images are like a mosaic, a puzzle that celebrates the beauty of ordinary moments often ignored, as well as the residue of loves past and memories forgotten.
The image of the ball floating on the still, glistening water in Harbor is a familiar one, inviting a strong emotional connection with the viewer. The light-filled red ball stands out from the muted color planes, calling attention to itself as if it were a memory seeking to be recollected.
Jessica Backhaus (born in Germany, 1970) is regarded as one of the most distinguished voices in contemporary photography in Germany today. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the National Portrait Gallery, London, and the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin. To date, she has four publications to her name; Jesus and the Cherries, 2005, What Still Remains, 2008, One Day in November, 2008 and I Wanted to See the World, 2010, all published by Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg. Her photographs are in many prominent art collections including Art Collection Deutsche Börse, Germany; ING Art Collection, Belgium; Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Margulies Collection, Miami. She is represented by the Robert Morat Galerie in Berlin and The Photographer's Gallery in London.