Vallendar. A small city situated directly on the Rhine River, characterized by the romantic atmosphere of the area and its reputation as a college town—at the midpoint between tradition and change. After thirty-three years as an active (and now retired) professor, Jürgen Weber, an expert in controlling and logistics, has spent more than half his life there. And in that time, he has gotten to know the town and its many sides. It did not merely take him in; it inspired him. It struck him so deeply that he, upon retiring, began to record the town in photographs, all taken with his iPhone.
The professor emeritus recently opened his first photo exhibition Vallendar by Smartphone – Facetten einer rheinischen Kleinstadt to a packed audience. The gallery will remain open to the public until February 10 and is housed in the C-building at WHU’s campus at Burgplatz 2 in Vallendar. The photo series captures a variety of subjects filtered through the photographer’s creative lens, including landmarks, the older part of town (“Alter Stadtkern”), views from the hills, traffic, the church, and science. “None of them objectively documents its subject,” clarified Professor Weber, “Rather, they intend to show my impression of the town, the way I personally see things.” And in doing so, the photos on display allow visitors a new perspective on Vallendar.