Living and working on the Isle of Harris, Scotland, Stephan-Maria Aust works mainly conceptual in photography. He wouldn't »arrange« his shots neither adding nor taking anything off the scene. The view itself selects and uncovers the situations.
As an advertising photographer I manipulated the vision on products by setting up lights, backgrounds and decoration for many years. Even retouching the object itself was accepted as helpful until I came up with the feeling of permanently lying to the audience. Today I allow scenes to be as they are and as they are presenting themselves to me and to the camera. And it's like telling the truth – at last.
Unusual for a photographer: Stephan-Maria Aust offers most of his works as certified unique prints. Only some few are sold as limited editions of max. 20 copies.
Trilingual book with photography and poetry named 'StreetLyrics' in German, English and Scottish Gaelic.
'StreetLyrics' is and was invited, is and was shown at StAnza Poesie Festival St Andrews Scotland · Athens Photo Festival Greece · Les Rencontres de la Photography Arles France · Feira do Livro de Fotografia, Lisboa Portugal · Scottish Experience Königswinter Germany · Lochalsh Art Fair Dornie Scotland · urbEXPO Bochum Germany · Bunker-D Kiel Germany