Lovely architecture and christmastime in Sprengel Museum Hannover, Germany. .
I produced a clip for UNICEF Germany. My mate and collegue cinematographer Daniel Gerlich shot it with Topmodel Eva Padberg in Iraq on the Sony A7S Mark II and I had the pleasure to cut and colorgrade it. Eva Padberg is good will ambassador for UNICEF.
This hostel in Sweden was terrific.
This is evolution. TRIAL and ERROR. It happens just because it always happened this way. Proven knowledge of the evolution is not longer working. Here is no room for another tree. ERROR.
In the southern Gulf of Bothnia radioactive fallout from Tschernobyl came down in 1986. Increased radioactivity is persistent till today.
Early sunday morning.
Nature is everywhere.
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.
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.”
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.