Around 1800 AD Father Constantin Keller(1778-1864) created an impressive collection of wax fruit, especially apples. Today those apples are still kept at the Admont monastery in the mountains of Austria, more famous for its spectacular library. Ogolter went to the monestary and photographed these stunning objects which feature incredible detail, wormholes, mold etc. The project speaks to the eternal myths that photographic images are a depiction of reality, here we have photographs of something that is a copy to begin with, which also is a symbol of original sin.
Today we are used to seeing very few kinds fo apples, most supermarkets stock less than ten kinds, this collection has well over one hundred, most extinct today.
Susan Sontag’s quib that “everything is made to end up in a photograph” holds true today more than ever, with the wave of selfies posted daily we included ourselves in this equation, but do we see ourselves as those polished supermarket version of ourselves we publish for everyone to see?