Wirsing, Steinhagen, 1990
Simone Nieweg: Grabeland, Härtsfeld/ Schwäbische Alb, 2000
After the celestial beauty of the cherry trees photographed by Lee Friedlander, back on earth again. After delicate cherry blossoms, coming so handy to glorify, this gigantic savoy cabbage by Simone Nieweg comes across like a flowering pimple in the face of a teenager.
I got to know Simone Nieweg in Mali, both of us being invited to a photo biennale. A small woman with a white tropical hat, she was tirelessly on the road looking for African vegetable gardens. She learned, that the tiny salad plants she has found were grown exclusively for the tourists visiting Mali.
Simone Nieweg: Grabeland, Krefeld-Oppum, 1991
Simone Nieweg: Rosenkohl( Brussels sprouts), Grevenbroich, 2000
It seems to be obligatory to mention that she has studied with the Bechers.
Simone Nieweg photographs all those inconspicuous ordinary useful plants you usually only notice on a plate before you or at the greengrocer’s shop.
In her everyday photographs of vegetable gardens and monotonous farmlands I recognize my Germany. I recognize these sceneries seen on my walks around my hometown.
To leave the everyday and the plain, everyday and plain, without icing and obvious artistry, this is craftsmanship not to be underrated.
Simone Niewegs image of this savoy cabbage can’t be called subtle. A cabbage is a cabbage. She photographed it appropriate to the sound of its German name: Wirsing.
Simone Nieweg: Staketenzaun (batten fence), Golßen/ Brandenburg, 1994
All images scanned from “Simone Nieweg: Landschaften und Gartenstücke.”