I’ve always loved quirky street photos that have been taken at the right place and at the right time. There’s also a hidden story that’s up to you find. Vienna-born photographer Robert Rutöd has a photo book called Right Time Right Place that shows the world with a skewed lens. Wandering through Europe for a few years, Rutöd took strange and sometimes surreal photos of people and animals in unordinary circumstances. A helpless swan finds itself frozen in a vast stretch of ice while a young girl reaches for the sky to touch flowers hanging high above her.
Right Time Right Place is a collection of photographs I made in the last few years on my travels through Europe. The images revolve around the question of whether it is possible for a person to be in the right place at the right time. Is the ideal state of space and time something we are awarded or is it a state we have long been living in without being aware of our good fortune? I hope I have not succeeded in answering this question. Nothing fails more pathetically than an artist’s attempt to explain the world and its relationships. Rather, my work leads to the conclusion that the world cannot be explained. Once an exhibition visitor in New York told me that, when viewing my photos, she felt that the protagonists seemed to be kind of disobedient. I really liked that interpretation.
Right Time Right Place received several awards including the New York Photo Award, the Special Prize of the Czech Center of Photography, and most recently Artist of the Year at Dong Gang International Photo Festival 2015 in South Korea.You can buy Rutöd’s photo book on his website.