Erik Schmidt has worked extensively in film, photography, and painting, and much of his work is dedicated to the exploration of various cultures, their environment and social rituals. His best-known body of work, entitled Hunting Grounds, was inspired by the German aristocracy’s tradition of hunting as a prestigious group activity. In Schmidt’s hands, the custom serves as both a social study and a mirror of the interior lives of the people who engage in it. The hunters are the aggressors but also seem hunted—not by another species, but by their own lust for physically overpowering weaker creatures, be they animals or men.
source: brooklynrail/Stephanie Buhmann 2009