In the broadest context Knocking on Heaven's Door (after a Bob Dylan song) is an anti-war protest. Artist Karl Hammer adds an extra dimension by not picturing land but only an ocean from which a soldier rises. This is a reference to the Bible book Genesis 1: "And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." Now not the spirit of God moves over the waters but crows. The viewer wonders whether the world has been destroyed and returned to the its primeval state.
Karl Hammer's large size photos are printed on Hahnemuhle German Etching paper to give them the feel of the artwork of an old master. Photographer Karl Hammer paints with light and that feeling is expressed beautifully through the use of German Etching with its velvety character. His smaller photos are printed on beautiful 300 gsm. acid-free Baryta photo paper.
His fine art prints have a grid-less quality and are very detailed. The photos of Karl Hammer all come with a certificate of authenticity and have a lifelong quality guarantee.
Marcel Salome about Karl Hammer
"As curator of Dreamscapes I'm always searching for new art and I happened upon the art photography of Karl Hammer. His artworks intrigue because of the atmosphere that he realizes in his work but also through their narrative qualities. The often beautiful male and female models distract you from hidden messages in the work that the viewer often doesn't capture on first viewing."
Photographer and artist Karl Hammer is one of those rare persons that was able to work himself up from a dark past into a bright future. After a youth spent in neglect, crime and a life on the streets he became a successful video editor, journalist and writer and finally, an art photographer. His photography, laden with symbolism and hidden message, has a fast growing fan base that appreciates his narrative art, sense of aesthetics and use of colors.