Hecho a Mano

New Photography by Gunther Maier

at Berlin Bar & Bistro

Inauguration Friday, August 24, at 6 PM

Hecho a Mano

The soul longs for transparency while the human longs for transcendence. These two very real, conflicting states of being create the human condition — a desire to be fully seen in this world and, also, beyond it. To connect with the Great Mystery and also be recognized as a thread of it.

What does it take to see the soul and uplift the human?

Five minutes. One light. True love. A sense of wonder within the people of San Miguel de Allende.

The moment they agree to sit for a portrait, their eyes become a channel within them—enabling the camera to capture the Source of their light. In this moment, they offer their permission to be seen not just by the camera or the photographer, but also the countless other kindred spirits who will someday see their light. This moment – the moment they open their heart – they offer a connection in the present and in the future to those privileged to lock eyes with them through this silent, yet powerful, conversation.

Portrait after portrait after portrait exposes their divinity, reveals their fragility and highlights their resilience here on earth. As a witness of these beings floating on the translucent fibers of each Japanese Kozo print: You know.

You know who you are seeing and you know what is asking to be seen. In way that you have never seen before. Human after human after human.

The spirits within.

[Text by the photographer. More photos at www.carlosgmaier.com]

About “Carlos” Gunther Maier

Some people use their eyes to see. Others, to speak. Carlos G Maier uses his as a microphone for the soul. Photographer. Filmmaker. Champion of characters and Harlistas, not necessarily in that order. The easiest way to comprehend his talent is to absorb it for what it is: raw truth. Intense. Funny. Humble. His rich German accent, clothed with his free-spirited American attitude, hint at his uncanny ability to transcend boundaries and origin. His work proves it.

Carlos G started taking pictures in Germany with nothing more than a Kodak Instamatic camera and curiosity. He completed a three-year photography apprenticeship and later earned a bachelor degree in marketing communication and design. He then headed to the US to join an elusive club of mad men. Working as an art director/creative director in large and small boutique New York City agencies served him well and gave him the mojo he needed to eventually co-found his own advertising agency in Philadelphia, named SFGT Advertising.

His work for clients like Mercedes-Benz, IBM, Dow Jones Global Indexes, Hitachi, Sanoz, Jägermeister and the 76ers Basketball Club introduced him to photographers like Jeff Zwart, John Paul Endress, Clint Clemens, Tony Gaye and Dietmar Hennka. He worked with them to bring his creative vision to life, building numerous brands over the course of his agency career, and winning his fair share of awards before finally having his fill, packing his bags, and heading west to Santa Fe.

It’s here where the dots of Carlos’s  life started connecting at light speed. That’s what happens when you stop running the race and, instead, start racing with passion. With nothing but the open road before him, he started a Harley-Davidson tour company, Ride the Dream, rediscovered his love of photography and entered the world of filmmaking.

Photographers have a way of seeing the world inside out. Individually and collectively. His latest adventure just started in San Miguel de Allende, the city where he found his soul again.