Have you ever met a passionate photographer and geeky geoscientist?
I am both, and an avid adventurer from Hamburg, Germany.
My creativity and my knowledge merge into an exciting geoscientific
journey through our earth system. I document the unique beauty of our
planet in a clear and intelligible way and show how it functions and
how it changes through the eons of time. To awaken respect and arouse
curiosity for our home planet and to protect the diversity of our planet
is nearest and dearest to my heart and defines me and my way of life.
I cordially invite you to accompany me on this journey to the
and to explore with me the fascinating
geological formations that have created these awe-inspiring landscapes.
My enthusiasm for our planet already arose early during my childhood hikes
with my parents in the Austrian Alps. It was there that I discovered the
pristine beauty of glaciated mountains reflected in crystal clear mountain
lakes surrounded by lush green forests. Later I began to explore the complex
geology of the Alps and collect the astoundingly diverse rocks. I was
repeatedly confronted with severe thunderstorms, torrential rain, mudslides
and scary rockfalls. Deeply fascinated I wanted to understand the processes
that cause these natural phenomena. Endowed with unbridled curiosity, my deep
love of nature led me to study meteorology and geology to learn how our planet functions.
I enthusiastically recall two freezing cold winter months during which I worked on the
frozen Arctic Ocean between Greenland and the North Pole on board a research icebreaker.
Exploring the icy silence of this sublime landscape and feeling the humility of being
surrounded by hungry polar bears were absolutely exhilarating. On top of this came my
respect for the incomprehensible age of rocks and their formation. But back then I had
no way to share my feelings in these wild places with those not fortunate enough to be
there with me. It was right there in the Arctic when it dawned on me that I had to
learn how to “write with light”.
Since then it has been my passionate aim to capture and share these intimate moments
of the beauty of nature. At the same time I want to bring the geological past of the
landscapes to life. This provides me with limitless energy to constantly improve my
self-taught photographic horizon and to inspire enthusiasm for the uniqueness of our
planet through my photographs and stories.
My camera is the extension of my eyes to depict my very personal perception of nature
into unique images captured in ways unseen before. Evoking deep emotions in the viewer
by sharing a fleeting moment of magical light is truly a wonderful gift. No less fascinating
is the disparity in perception of the picture. While the viewer sees a rather romantic
perspective, as a photographer I experience the adventure up close. The patience and
dedication for many repeat visits to a location until the light is perfect, strenuous
hikes with heavy equipment, exposure to rain, wind and cold, the sleep deprivation,
feelings of fear and joy as well as overcoming obstacles that get in your way tell a
unique story behind every image. It is precisely these adventures and challenges that
make capturing these rare magical moments of perfect light so intoxicating, euphoric
Who is not captivated and awestruck by the vastness and beauty of the Milky Way?
The sight of a nocturnal landscape under the bright shining arch of the Milky Way
enchants me every time anew. My mobile astronomical star tracking device compensates
the rotation of the earth and allows me to capture point-shaped stars with very long
exposure times and without any notable image noise. With this technology, even very faint
stars that are not visible to the naked eye are easily recorded by the camera's sensor
to conjure up breathtaking stellar displays.
My can be seen in galleries of
international exhibitions, photo award galleries, book articles, online and print magazines
as well as in my .
Geoscience blended with photography holds the key to deciphering and sharing the majestic stories
written in stone. On a human time span of about a century we occasionally hear about earthquakes,
tsunamis, landslides and volcanic eruptions. But when looking at the geological time span of
millions of years, which we can no longer grasp, these sporadic events become enormous rock
cycles that act both horizontally and vertically in the earth system. They not only move the
continents restlessly across the earth’s surface, but also act so that entire ocean basins fall
in and out of existence. The heat generated in the earth's interior drives these processes.
Remarkably, all these deep-time processes are written in the rocks that lie at our feet and
form the diversity of the landscapes we see today. Picking up a rock and reading its eventful
geological past can lead to deep respect and awe. That’s why deciphering the geological history
of a landscape is one of the most fascinating adventures of our time.
As a climate scientist I work in the field of satellite remote sensing and onboard research
vessels on the global oceans. I don't see countries, borders or territories either from space
or on the oceans. All I see is a vulnerable planet that is home to us all. I also bear witness
to the consequences of the rapid, mainly human-driven, climate change and the ever faster
destruction of the remaining ecosystems and landscapes. I really cannot over-emphasize just
how urgently we need to develop respect for our planet and contribute to its preservation.
Although it’s literally five minutes to midnight, our chance is to rethink. The key is to develop
an appreciation for the beauty and uniqueness of our planet and to evolve interest in how our
planet works. Don't we all want to protect what we love?