Vincent Forstenlechner (born 1996) is a visual artist and photographer from Salzburg, Austria. Currently based in Vienna where he studies Applied Photography and Time-based Media at the University of Applied Arts while also doing freelance editorial work. Besides that he is co-founder of the artist initiative ECLECT Lab. His work focuses on long-form projects investigating personal and social themes questioning the connection of memory, identity and place through photography. He is interested in highlighting and uncovering oblique bonds that are present in our everyday life. Thereby he often takes a documentary approach and incorporates staged and abstract images to emphasize these intangible dynamics. His work has been exhibited at Fotohof Salzburg, FOTO Wien and Athens Photo Festival among others.

About ROYGBIV – words byVincent Forstenlechner:

Viewing an ever-changing familiar landscape. The long-term project ROYGBIV focuses on the oblique and wistful feeling that occurred when re-visiting my homeland in Austria. The series attempts to unravel what it means to feel connected while at the same time being distanced. Through a collection of memories and hopes the personal relation to a place evolves yet the visual surface stays the same.

ROYGBIV explores this ambiguous connection to the landscapes and personalities that are a part of my experience of the place. Thereby using photography as a tool to create my own world of memory to document how this liminal space transforms with every visit.

The title is an abbreviation for the colors of the rainbow, an optical sensation that often kept reoccurring during the many summers spent at home. When seeing a rainbow the impression of colors depend on the position of the viewer with every step the pattern changes slightly. Therefore no two people will ever see the same arch in the sky.