Mare Magazin: Ostsee – verborgene Fracht



Ich möchte Euch auf meine Publikation in der aktuellen Ausgabe vom mare-Magazin aufmerksam machen, die heute erschienen ist: Ostsee-verborgene Fracht.

“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. 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 Fotostrecke wurde im analogen 4×5“ Großformat erstellt.

Liebe Grüße,

Marcus Wildelau

What has night to do with sleep?

Soon midsummer will come in Scandinavia. I have been in Finland a week ago where midsummer announces itself. The sunsets take longer, the light is warm and the mood is easy. I love it. 

Ostsee – verborgene Fracht/Baltic Sea – hidden cargo 2

I spent the last two weeks capturing new images for my photographic series “Baltic Sea – hidden cargo” in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland. Find the editorial text for this series here. The Baltic Sea is a unique natural area which suffers from human exploitation.

This picture below shows the Baltic Sea in the Kurische Nehrung in Lithuania.



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.

I published some of the photographs in the german mare magazine.

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.