"Nature was here something savage and awful, though beautiful. I looked with awe at the ground I trod on, to see what the Powers had made there, the form and fashion and material of their work. This was that Earth of which we have heard, made out of Chaos and Old Night. Here was no man`s garden, but the unhandselled globe [...] It was the fresh and natural surface of the planet Earth, as it was made forever and ever." (Henry David Thoreau - Ktaadn)
My whole life through I felt something inside of me that should finally lead to a special connection to nature and wilderness. Digital photography was the vehicle I needed. I observed the developments of this era perfectly well. Young professionals like US-based Marc Adamus crossed my way and were my inspiration.
The process still grows and evolves, and I`m sure it`ll never end. The artistical part of my work becomes more and more important. A few years ago I was satisfied by traveling places I saw on other photographer`s work. That doesn`t work any more. Nowadays I`m searching for untouched places, something new, something that`s not easy to get at.
And that`s exactly where the circle closes. Being outside in the wild, without any chance to live the usual life, is kind of a catharsis. Traveling wild places and getting in touch with wild animals gives me kind of a calmness I can`t find anywhere else.
A few years ago I read the amazing novel "Into the wild" written by Jon Krakauer. It tells the story of Christopher McCandless who searched for an individual way of life. At the end it was a tragedy because he died in Alaska at the age of 24. As sad the story is as inspiring it is, too. This book prompted my senses for all the wild stuff.
I`m inspired by people who aspire to a special target without any concession even if I know that this is not my way. Rather I love the life that I live: I love my family and like to spend as much time with my wife and my two daughters as possible. I love my job and the people I meet in this way. And I love the preparations and rework around my travels into the wild. All this triggers a deep happiness inside me.
Sharing those ideas with the people outside is a great honor. Every time when someone tells me that he feels concerned by watching one of my pictures I know that it is worth all the effort.