How I Got That Shot: Hope – A Bauhaus Rendering

How I Got That Shot: Hope – A Bauhaus Rendering

Hope. Bauhaus Rendering of the rainbow flag, including the color black.
Hope: A Bauhaus Rendering. Here’s my own Bauhaus rendering–the rainbow flag, with the rainbow colors, including black (and also white, for peace), in geometric shapes–triangles, squares, and circles.

Many years ago I was introduced to Bauhaus photography and Bauhaus photography movement as a member of a photography society based in New York City. We would meet once a month and discuss our goals in photography. We would also come up with photo assignments for each month. One of these assignments was Bauhaus photography. For this particular assignment I was to study the Bauhaus photography movement, and then, based on that, to create an image that could be identified as Bauhaus photography. Then, of course, I had explain the story behind the image, and why it fell in the realm of Bauhaus photography. Easier said than done.

At first, I couldn’t quite grasp the idea of Bauhaus photography. And yet, the more I read about it, the more intrigued I became not only with the images and design work part of this photography movement, but also with its history. And so, for this Bauhaus photography assignment, I ended up doing what I usually do–I used the assignment to cover stories and causes I’m most interested in. That’s how I ended up creating my own Bauhaus rendition of the rainbow flag, which included the black stripe to remind of the ongoing fight against HIV and AIDS. And while October is the LGBTQ History Month, I decide to share, here, a short story of how I created my own Bauhaus version of the rainbow flag.

First, I had to keep in mind a few characteristics of Bauhaus design and photography–minimalism, geometry, colors.

Bauhaus Museum. Berlin, Germany.
The Bauhaus Archiv Museum in Berlin, Germany. photo by Alina Oswald.

I used geometric shapes, not just any geometric shapes, but triangles, circles and squares, as well as colors (and I might have deviated, slightly, from the basic Bauhaus colors, but I wanted to create the rainbow flag, including black. I also added white, for peace, after all, the rainbow is often associated with hope, which goes hand in hand with peace and understanding. Oh, and I called my image Hope – A Bauhaus Rendering.

We can also recognize the Bauhaus design in everyday life–look for geometric shapes such as triangles, circles and squares, or repeating elements in the Bauhaus colors. Even better, if possible, visit the Bauhaus Museum in Berlin, Germany.

When it comes to celebrating the LGBTQ+ History Month, we can also go beyond this month of October. Here are a few images from LGBTQ and other related events I’ve covered over the years.

Happy LGBTQ History Month!

And as always, thanks for stopping by,

Alina Oswald

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