Klaus Lenzen’s Pole Vault An Exploration Of Weightlessness And Flight

German photographer Klaus Lenzen captures the movement of pole vaulters as their bodies fly through the air, gracefully seeming to defy gravity. By favoring a more abstract interpretation of sports photography, Lenzen brings a sense of movement to the static documentation of athletics. In the series ‘Pole Vault’, his framing of the body and pole offers an indication of flight without ever showing a full body or action. We see arms flung wide, legs poised, the flexible pole at the moment at which it has been let go cast across the sky; but never do we see a face. In this series of square black and white images, Lenzen has recast pole vaulting as an ethereal exploration of flight.

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