Bjoerling’s Larynx records the interiors of world-famous opera houses with 4x5” and 8x10” Arca-Swiss cameras to maximize detail. Architecturally meticulous, this body of work serves to historically document these national and cultural landmarks. The project is titled after Jussi Björling, a Swedish operatic tenor known for his technique, feeling and the range of his voice. David Leventi has photographed each house systematically from the spot at center stage where a performer would stand. In the same manner as which the voice of each famous singer projects and bounces off ornate private boxes and resonates under painted trompe l’oeil ceilings, the light in the opera house strikes each of these features and returns to the camera, affixing them to film. The photographs in Bjoerling’s Larynx freeze for eternity the instant before a performance takes place. Viewers are invited to pour over details, to feel the potential energy in a space where it is all just about to happen. David Leventi said, “The actual performance is just a part of the overall awe-inspiring experience of going to the theater – I believe that the space itself can be the event.”
Library. Melk Abbey Austria by Schmutz Fuss
Melk Abbey (German: Stift Melk) is a Benedictine abbey in Austria, and among the world’s most famous monastic sites. It is located above the town of Melk on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube river in Lower Austria, adjoining the Wachau valley. The abbey contains the tomb of Saint Coloman of Stockerau and the remains of several members of the House of Babenberg, Austria’s first ruling dynasty.