2. WHO ARE THE PHOTOGRAPHERS / OR OTHER ARTISTS THAT INSPIRE YOU?
Truth be told, I am more inspired by the natural world itself than any particular photographers!
3. WHAT MAKES AN EXCELLENT PHOTOGRAPHER?
Being a photographer is about more than having a camera. It is about having an important story to tell, and having a unique vision on how to tell that story.
4. WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART ABOUT DECIDING TO BECOME A FULL-TIME PHOTOGRAPHER?
I am part scientist, and part photographer, and I don’t know any other way of life. The hardest part is finding time to do the things everyone needs to do – like cleaning the dishes and doing my laundry!
5. WHAT MOTIVATES YOU IN YOUR WORK AND WHAT IS DEMOTIVATING?
I am motivated by exploring new places, and thinking of new creative ways to photograph interesting natural phenomena.
6. WHAT ARE THE MOST PASSIONATE MOMENTS IN YOUR WORK?
Being alone, in the wilderness, and the time to explore. One never knows what incredible scene – big or small – will be around the next corner!
7. WHAT ARE THE MAIN CHALLENGES IN YOUR WORK? Balancing my photography with my scientific endeavors, and the rest of life.
8. HOW DID YOU DEVELOP YOUR ARTISTRY? I have been making images seriously since 2006, but my artistic journey started long before that with painting and music. Photography was the art form that stuck with me, because it allows me to pursue a deep and strong connection to the natural world.
9. WHAT IS YOUR MAJOR PERSONAL LEARNING IN PHOTOGRAPHY THAT YOU WOULD CONVEY TO A „NOVICE“?
Photograph what you love to photograph, and develop your personal voice. Don’t spend too much time on the internet, and don’t listen too carefully to what other photographers have to say. Just do your own thing.
10. WHICH ARE THE DRIVING FORCES FOR YOU PERSONALLY AND IN YOUR WORK?
My primary motivation is being out there, exploring, and making photographs that tell a story. Upon coming back home, I use my images as an opportunity to learn, and to teach, about the places I’ve been and the things I’ve seen.
11. WHICH FEELINGS DETERMINE YOUR WORK WHEN OUT IN THE FIELD?
When I travel to make images, the primary feeling I look for is solitude. I cannot make an image in a crowd of tourists. I am most at home when no one (aside from a friend or two) is around, and those are the moments when I can lose myself in nature.
12. ON WHICH CRITERIA DO YOU JUDGE YOUR OWN WORK AS SUCCESSFUL?
For an image to be successful in my eyes, it must be unique, aesthetically engaging, and carry a deeper message than simply being a beautiful scene. For me, that deeper message is typically either about the feeling of wilderness and solitude, or about the inner workings of the natural world.
13. YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC WORK AND THE BEAUTY OF OUR PLANET, NATURE: WHAT CONNECTION DO YOU SEE?
My hope is that my images help make that connection in two ways. First, I hope people see my images, and become inspired to see these kinds of places for themselves. Only then will they truly understand why we need to protect nature from humanity.
Second, I hope my images inspire people to learn more about the natural world, and thereby become inspired to do what they can to minimize their impact.
14. ASSUMING YOU WOULD HAVE 15 MINUTES ON A TV BROADCAST AND PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD COULD LISTEN AND UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU WERE SAYING, WHAT WOULD BE THE CORE OF YOUR MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE?
Explore nature, ask questions, and learn about the world outside through firsthand experience.