As I came to realize that photographing landscapes has a profound meditative, even cathartic effect on me, I quickly started to adjust my life choices accordingly. It's not everyone's cup of tea to give up your full-time job and study in a new field. But as a creative individual, I always needed to do something that's in close relation to the human eye. Communication & Multimedia Design taught me to write, to think as a user and to understand design. That includes photography.
The curriculum did not include appreciation of our natural world. My intrinsic, child-like fascination with the cosmos, the landscape and every living thing in it, flows though my professional work.
I'm a designer, writer and a teacher by profession. Laanscapes accounts for about 24 hours of my week of shooting, writing, editing and teaching. My job here is about capturing the relationship with the world around and above us visually, while teaching others to be better landscape photographers themselves. A respected landscape photographer is one that respects the very landscape he seeks to capture.
My main body of work are the mystical, moody scenes I find not in nature, but in the depths of my own psyche. Nature serves as a host to materialize this Tokien-esque approach to fine-art photography, which serves a cathartic purpose. As well as being a landscape photographer, I teach students around the world to become better artists, but also better environmentalists.
For example, through nightscape photography I aim to teach my students the value of darkness in a world that grows more out of connection with the stars in the night sky. Light pollution is a serious issue to plant- and wildlife and we should be asking ourselves if we really need that much lighting anyway.