KOEPPENHAUS GREIFSWALD vom 08.03.2018 – 14.04.2018 

Vernissage: 08. März 2018, 19.00h

Die Ostsee ist ein ruhiges, kleines und bei Seglern und Touristen beliebtes Binnenmeer mit herrlichen Stränden und großartigen Naturräumen. Oberflächlich betrachtet. Unterhalb der Oberfläche gibt es allerdings Gründe zur Sorge. Die Ostsee ist das schmutzigste Meer der Welt. Aber davon will eigentlich niemand etwas wissen.
In den vergangenen Jahrzehnten wurde vieles versenkt und eingeleitet, was nicht in die Ostsee gehört: konventionelle und chemische Kampfmittel aus zwei Weltkriegen, Atommüll, Stickstoffe aus Düngemitteln und Gifte aus Industrie und Landwirtschaft. Dies ist die verborgene Fracht. Vieles davon wird von uns nicht als bedrohlich wahrgenommen oder ist schnell wieder vergessen, weil es nicht sichtbar ist, weil es nie sichtbar war.
Ich mache Bilder von der Ostsee und ihren Gestaden und blicke in die Richtung, in der sich etwas Furchtbares unsichtbar in der Tiefe befindet. Es sind keine Geheimnisse, nur unpopuläre Fakten. Was die Ostsee verbirgt, kann sich nur ein Betrachter vorstellen, der weiß, was er nicht sieht.
Die Ästhetik der Bedrohung aus dem Verborgenen und der subtile Fokus auf einen erhabenen, maritimen Naturraum, der vom Massentourismus als heiler Sehnsuchtsort inszeniert wird, generieren ein Dilemma im Bewusstsein des Betrachter des 21. Jhdts: Wie schön darf ich die Ostsee finden?
Die Reihe wurde im analogen 4×5″ Großformat fotografiert und besteht aus z.Zt. 33 Motiven
In der mare Ausgabe 123 08/2017 „Sand“ wurden einige der Bilder und Texte veröffentlicht sowie in der PHOTONEWS vom April 2018. 

Ostsee – verborgene Fracht erzählt nicht nur von verborgenem Müll, sondern vor allem von der Psychologie der Wahrnehmung und den Abgründen menschlichen Habitus´. Neben der Geste der unbekümmerten Entsorgung von allerlei Schadhaftem ist es die Schönheit der Ostsee selbst, die in diesem Konflikt eine feste Größe darstellt. Auf dieser Seite gibt es ein “Making of” und den Film “Größer als alle Vernunft”, in dem die Kunsthistorikerin Prof. Dr. Anna Zika der FH Bielefeld begleitend zur Ausstellung Aspekte der ästhetischen Kategorie des Erhabenen in den Fotografien von Marcus Wildelau erläutert.


I am working on a serious and dedicated photographic portrait of the Baltic Sea. The Baltic Sea is a small and young ocean which arose 10.000 years ago. It extends from Germany to Finland, Sweden and Russia. The Baltic Sea is very popular with tourists who love sailing, swimming or eating fresh seafood. But there is also an unpopular story about it. The sea is quite polluted and carries some irregular and critical cargo since it is surrounded by highly industrialized countries. I want to tell a story of the hidden dangers and secret dumping grounds in the Baltic Sea. A story of human beings who didn´t and don´t care about questioning their habits in order to preserve wildlife and nature. How can we forget about it? Because the trash is invisible. It is hidden in the sea. Out of sight, out of mind. I want to show what people do not like to see. But I won´t dive to muddy grounds or slippery caves. I stay on the surface at the coast and watch out for a special picture. A picture in your mind.

Baltic Sea – Panorama Pictures

In Sweden I took some panorama shots using the so called Brenizer Method. I composed the following images out of seven single shots taken with the 1:1.2 50mm Nikkor AIS at f 1.4. During shooting I used a simple self-assembled panorama head to avoid any parallax. For stitching the frames together I chose PanoramStudio 3 Pro. Grading was done with FilmConvert.

panorama baltic sea sundsvall swedenostsee_sundsvall_baum2dostsee_sundsvall_siedlungSundsvall.



Baltic Sea – behind the scenes 4

While working on my main photographs for “Baltic-Sea – hidden cargo” I rediscovered some “behind-the-scenes” shots from Sweden.

The swedish people seem to like american cars. Visby.img_1445_20160702_klein


I just can´t pass by without taking a picture. IMG_1070_20160625 IMG_1067_20160625Forsmark.

Baltic Sea – behind the scenes 3

Carrying a field camera for my series “Baltic Sea – hidden cargo” is no fun. Try to reduce the weight by renouncing on lenses or gear you do not really need. I decided to take two lenses with me (150mm, 90mm), a spotmeter, a sekonic lightmeter, a few film holders, front and rear panels, bellow, hardware, films. Don´t forget the massive tripod. So I was able to get even to remote spots quite quickly.



Heading back to the car for about 750m through a swedish forest in the evening is no fun, too. Hungry midges all the way made me run like a pro.

BALTIC SEA – behind the scenes 2

June 25, 2016

My tour for “Baltic Sea – hidden cargo” leads through sweden. The lovely country has a long coast. Nuclear power is common in sweden for decades though the majority of the people wanted to leave it since the 1980ies. Nuclear industry knew well how to slow down the exit and has great plans for the nuclear future especially for the final disposal of nuclear waste. Happening so in Forsmark, mid-sweden, where a final nuclear disposal site is planned 500m deep under the surface of two nature reserves called Ängskär and Bondskäret, “famous amongst other things for their genuine, beautiful coastal region and a number of species of orchid such as Adam and Eva.”


BALTIC SEA – behind the scenes 1

June 21, 2016

The first trip for „Baltic Sea – hidden cargo“ takes me to Northern Germany in the Lübecker Bucht and the Kieler and Flensburger Förde.

All the imagery will be influenced from the type of camera I have chosen. I have worked with many different models so far. I try to imagine how the pictures of the Baltic Sea would look. They would be quiet, perhaps sublime and timeless. The camera would be steady like a rock and will never move. It is not only about resolution but it is about the way to the goal. So I decide to take portraits of the sea with a classic analog view camera.


The heavy 4×5“ camera inspires me. The bulky system slows my photography down. My sight is on the subject and I can regard it. Releasing the shutter is a minor matter.

The Sinar P 4×5“ is not famous for being a field camera but I like its versatility and reliability. In the next two years I will visit 30 to 40 places where I will take pictures.

It has been a warm summer day when I was waiting for sunset at the Flensburger Förde in the south of the Little Belt. My camera points to the east where the color of the horizon changes every minute.

It´s 21. June so it is the longest day of this year. After sunset at 10:30 p.m. I stay another 2 hours at the beach and take pictures of the horizon which transformed into kind of a fog. Later it appeared again with a stronger shape.


Flensburger Förde, Little Belt

In 1945 the german Wehrmacht sank about 69.000 Tabun grenades in the south of the Little Belt additionally to 5.000 t bombes and grenades filled with phosgene and tabun. The britsh forces plunged an unknown amount of ammunition in this area in the 1940s after WW2. The 69.000 tabun grenades where lifted in 1959 and 1960 and later sunk again in the Bay of Biscay. Today there are still laying 5.000 t  phosgene and tabun grenades in the Little Belt side by side with the ammunition the british forces dumped.