Artist Maedir Eugster usually performs his balancing act in front of a crowd under spectacular, colored lights with the Rigolo Swiss Nouveau Cirque. But when photographer Tobias Hutzler saw the performance, he visualized a different approach. Hutzler’s work often takes him to the deserts of the southwest United States, where he uses the landscape as a canvas. For the “Balance” shoot, he aimed to create that atmosphere in a studio. With the theatrics shorn away, the camera hones in on Eugster’s focus and tension as he creates a sculpture predicated on the balance of a single feather.
“I’m really interested in temporary sculptures,” said Hutzler. “I thought it was important to have an overview of the scenery, but also very close up to see the tension that is building up in the fingers. The energy is transformed from the artist’s body into an artwork. It’s almost a zen moment.”