Photographer Claus Bachl, 57, a keen motoring enthusiast since his childhood, has chosen to focus his work – although the word art is probably more apt here – on the “underside” of vehicles. How long has he been doing this and why? “It’s actually a very exciting perspective, since it reveals the whole technical side of a vehicle, in other words its very DNA. Yes, that’s what appeals to me so much about underbody photography, which I’ve been practising for about five years now. Plus: there are currently a handful, at most, of photographers in the world doing this sort of underbody photography at more or less my level. Perhaps just three photo artists who have specialised in it, like me.”
The Austrian photographer does indeed achieve a stunning level of quality, which loses nothing of its piercing sharpness and brilliance when the works are enlarged to a size of two, three or even five metres, he says.