Prints in handmade wooden frame
Some time ago, I thought about how I could give my printed images an even more personal touch. At the same time, I wanted to combine something "modern" with a classic element.
After some thought and fiddling around, I decided to make my own handmade wooden frames and use them to frame prints on aluminium.
To bring out the natural grain of the wood, I brush the wood of my handmade picture frames. In addition, all my frames are treated with a natural beeswax, either light or dark.
From now on my pictures are available as print on aluminium in handmade wooden frames on request.
Arctic Fox in Winter
In Feburary this year I spent two wonderful weeks in Iceland. It was a very adventurous trip, the weather was not always easy and therefore not everything went according to plan but that made it even more exciting. Highlight of this trip was to take pictures of the arctic fox in winter. With the following lines I would like to share some of my impressions with you.
Iceland, Hornstrandir, 17.02.2020: It is stormy, wrapped in my warm down parka I stand outside. The hood pulled over, my back in the wind, the storm whips the snow around me. I hold my camera with the large telephoto lens protectively directed downwards, pressed against me in order to be ready at the decisive moment.
Time passes quickly, many thoughts go through my head while waiting, will today finally be the day?
In any case, the atmosphere would be ideal for photos in the storm. Even if it is not very pleasant to stay out here, there is no place in the world where I would rather be right now.
In the last few days it was anything but clear whether I would even get the chance to photograph the arctic fox this winter. Already on the journey via Reykjavik on Wednesday the weather forecast did not look good. A storm of the century was predicted which would hit Iceland on Friday.
When I arrived in Isafjördur on Thursday in bright sunshine, I never expected to be stuck there until Sunday morning because of the storm and the rough sea.
Sunday morning was the time for our group to load the boat that was to take us to the Hornstrandir nature reserve far out in the West Fjords. The aim was to photograph the arctic fox in the remote area, which could only be reached by boat or in an emergency by helicopter. In conversation with some locals I was often asked whether we really wanted to go out there in winter. Yes, we absolutely wanted to!
As our captain told us, this would be the only chance to get there at all, the next storm was already on its way and would make a later trip impossible. So the situation was as follows. We had a few hours to go out and come ashore until the next storm would come. After this storm we should have some days of acceptable weather until the next big storm would come. So we only had a narrow time window of 4 days. It was all or nothing. The boat ride was intense. I had never had any problems with seasickness before, but this time even I reached my limits. The trip took more than three hours due to the turbulent sea. Two hours longer than normal. We had to overcome the last few hundred meters from the boat to the beach by zoodiac. Finally we managed to get the equipment, food etc. ashore and moved into our accommodation for the next days. Shortly after our arrival the next storm reached us and now one day later it is still storming and I am standing outside waiting.
Then suddenly everything happens very quickly. As so often, when you least expect it, a small dark silhouette appears in the white swirling snow. Only far away and very small, the silhouette steadily approaches my position.
The adrenaline rushes into the blood, excitement mounts. As with many thousands of photos before, the usual routine procedure starts. As if automatically, I position the camera, look through the viewfinder, follow my subject, build up my picture, set the focus and as soon as I am ready I press the shutter of my camera.
To be on the safe side, I immediately record a whole series and release the shutter again.
Did that really just happen or am I dreaming?
Tense, I point my camera back down and check the pictures on the display. In fact, I have just taken my first photos of an arctic fox in winter. I had been dreaming about these pictures for so long and now this fleeting moment is really captured on the memory card of my camera.
During the next few days I had the chance to photograph the arctic fox more often, but the intensity of these first shots could not surpass the following ones.
Arctic Fox in Iceland
More than two years, have passed now since i first toyed with the idea of photographing the arctic fox in icelands northwest. After some more detailed reasearch it became clear that this idea was not so easy to realize.
As i was working on some other projects contemporaneously my "arctic fox projekt" had to wait. I never lost sight of this idea and so i restarted the planning in spring of 2018. After a couple of setbacks i managed to get in contact with a photographer that is photographing the arctic fox in Iceland for more than 10 years.
In july of 2018 i definitely decided to travel to Iceland in July 2019 to photograph the Melrakki (icelandic for arctic fox) as part of an international group of four people. After a never ending year of waiting, i finally travelled to Iceland mid of July this year. All in all it was a very successful, exciting but also effortful time.
It's difficult to put into words the amazing impressions that i brought home from this rough island in the north atlantic, thats why i want to share here some pictures with.