Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,
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This review is from: Nature Man-Made: Begleitbuch zur Ausstellung in Bottrop (Hardcover)
I had come across Nieweg's work in a Photo Art (The New World of Photography) and was very drawn to her treatment of landscape. Happily I was not looking at a "best of" in Photo Art as 'Nature, man-made' does not disappoint. In her work you can see the rigor and disciple of Bernd Becher (and many other outstanding German photographers from Sander to Struth) as well as shades of Sternfeld. Nieweg's work is quietly engaging and deeply romantic (the non-amorous definition) with each image having an inspiring and cleansing freshness.
In her approach to landscape she studiously avoids cliche and deliberately includes that which many landscape photographers try to avoid at all costs: dilapidated garden sheds, fencing, industry, roads and debris: humanity. Nieweg is able to include the ugly, the overlooked and the "boring" and raise it to an enchanting level without ever being kitsch or predictable. She is not on a revolutionary mission screaming "look!", but only wants to uphold the ordinary everyday landscape as most people experience it by a pylon on the edge of suburbia, or in your grandparent's bitty allotment: Spring, summer, autumn and winter are as present here as they are far from signs of man, and their wonder is no less appealing. Nieweg is an example of a photographer whose work sits comfortably above the rest, but at the same time is in no way vague or aloof or inaccessible.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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