Far from heaven gives a voice to Viennese homeless people that have been photographed and interviewed by the photographer, Tom Platzer. Marginalized in their society and marked by destiny, those people are alcoholics, have neither a job, nor friends. In their beginnings, their stories hardly differ from ours; but they have found themselves stray from their normal life. Be it fate or accident, the fact remains that they are, now, ignored and marginalized by society. They have no existence.
For two years, the photographer, Tom Platzer has reached out to these people with a lot of sympathy and has listened to their stories and their dreams, which he transmits thanks to his work.
About the artist
Tom Platzer’s Photography takes us on a journey through life. Every picture has it’s own special story and the power to evoke a myriad of emotions. The ability to go beyond the surface and delve deep into what is really behind each picture and to creatively illustrate true feelings and mood of the subject. Through Tom Platzer’s lens we can easily sense the truth behind each photo.
Platzer photographs can be interpreted in many ways – some as straight statements, others a state of art, and some a state of mind. But always about light, shadow, colour and creation.
This kind of photography cannot be learned. It runs deep within the soul of the photographer. It’s passionate. It’s about life.
• “Le photographe autrichier Tom Platzer met à nu les âmes des sans abri de Vienne” in Libération
• “Far from heaven” in L’Opinion
• Tom Platzer in Assalam
• “Les SDF viennois sous les flashs de Tom Platzer” in Aujourdhui