What does being outside mean to you? For me, it is about living as our most authentic selves, free from etiquette, acts or poses. This natural spirit of adventure, of experiencing joy and the beauty that surrounds us, is reflected in the way I produce images.
My mind has not necessarily always been this preoccupied with rugged peaks, though. I originally hail from Hamburg, Germany, a near-coastal big-city part of the country where mountains and wilderness are flat-out nonexistent. But once I first moved to Boulder, Colorado, the Rockies cast their magic spell on me — and they instilled an important lesson in me:
Being outside, exploring wild places, can truly transform us, make us a better version of ourselves. In the end, it’s that simple: Adventure is for everybody.
The positive impact a wilderness escape can have on our psyche is what I am trying to transport in my imagery. When I take a photo, I am not just trying to conserve a moment in time. I am trying to put you into that moment after the fact — and to have you relive the beauty of that moment time and again when you put my image up on your wall, making you stop and take your breath whenever you look at it.
With more than a decade of experience in journalism, it has always been my passion to tell stories. And that is how I approach photography as well. I pay as much attention to the little details, the fleeting moments, as I do to the bigger picture, the vast and stunning landscapes — and our tiny place in them.
SOME OF MY PAST CLIENTS
ARD German TV
The Colorado Independent
Rowohlt Publishing House