My engagement with photography started when I returned from my very first trip to Iceland, then 19 years of age. Hugely disappointed about my snapshots I read a few books about photography, switched to slide film - and became totally infected with the photo bug.
I have travelled the world a bit, but what fascinates me most are the extreme and wild landscapes of the Arctic regions or what I call "nordic dreamscapes". My camera accompanies me very often but it is not the main reason for being out in nature. I live and work at places where others spend their holidays, simply because I cannot imagine a life without nature and the peace and happiness it brings. I do favor taking my time, just living the moment, experiencing silently and unseen rather then conquering a landscape. I consider it a huge privilege being able to really getting to know a place, seeing how it changes over the seasons and experiencing it with all its positive but also negative aspects.
If I can make one good photograph a day, that keeps me going.
And if I cannot manage one, well, at least I have had the huge privilege of being in the mountains.
To me, landscape photography is an homage to nature which I aim to share with others in a beautiful and still realistic way. I do not see myself as much of an artist: the real artist is nature! I rather feel myself being an intermediary and as such I try to keep my pictures “authentic”. I feel obligated to being honest to those who see my work as a documentary of special moments: in the end, all photographs deliver information, which should be both accurate and honest. That’s why I try to find good compromises between artistic interpretation and authentic documentation, and try to contain myself when it comes to post-processing. Extreme colours and contrasts do exist in nature, yes, but not in every situation and certainly not in every photograph. This strongly ethical approach might not help my photographs to be the most popular for the crowd, but it least it helps me feeling good about myself. And that’s something nice, too! ;-)