Our Earth is truly a very special and magnificent place in the cosmos. It is the only planet in the solar system which sustains a climatic and geological balance to create such a diversity of landscapes and to harbor life itself. Everything is connected yet so varied – from deserts to oceans, through mountains and forests, all subject to the changing nature of seasons and to our own human impact.
Furthermore, apart from the times of the year each time of day has its own qualities which are imparted on the landscape. Especially so during the "magical" times of day and night, hence leaving nature ever-changing, always different.
And so does every place on Earth have its own special charisma, marked by its history and the creatures who inhabit it. Naturally we are all very interested in finding our own special place in this vast world, whereas the traces of our existence are either directly or indirectly visible in almost any landscape. Be it through tourism and travel to distant exotic places or changes becoming apparent in the well known surroundings of own home.
Similar to my portrait photography I often try to capture the soul of a landscape, its part of the nature and the whole, and to emphasize those elements which are most striking and special to us humans. This might be the reason why I like photographing people outdoors and specifically amidst nature so much. These photographs connect our inner human world harmoniously with the one outside of us and exude freedom, joy and peacefulness.
Astronomy is said to be a very character building discipline. One of the reasons for this might be the ability one obtains, to be able to set a lot of things into a greater perspective. Through the study of the secrets of our universe, its unimaginable size and diversity, one might be seduced into believing the life on Earth, our daily routines, to be unimportant or even futile. But, as one learns more and more of the grand cosmos, so one learns to appreciate the small one as well and discovers that everything is indeed connected.
The fascinating beauty is to be found in the stars, distant planets and galaxies as much as it is present during a walk in the rain, emerges through the smile of a child or a tender kiss of a loved one. Especially as one realizes that even the most mundane things took Billions of years of planetary development and life evolution to be present in our lives today.
Similarly to astronomy does the act of travel focus our attention and appreciation to the things we already accomplished as well as those we still hope to fulfill in our life. Traveling can help prioritize and digest the personal and political ups and downs one has lived through. And at the end one might discover that behind most of the superficial differences around the world everything is connected and belongs to a greater whole.
In my astrophotography as much as in my travel photography I try to show the beauty of the places on Earth and in the Heavens and to capture particular perspectives, which hopefully would make one think and marvel, as to how we humans fit into this grand world.
Art is where we find ourselves. Our dreams, our hopes, reflections of our world view. This is probably the reason why art can be so diverse, so personal. Though there is still the matter of finding out what defines art. When does a photograph become art? There are probably as many answers to this question as there are people on Earth.
For me personally, it is a balancing act between the aesthetics and the meaning, woven together with the sometimes more sometimes less subtle philosophical aspiration. I try to read between the lines of reality and to uncover the sublime in the surrounding world. Hence my pictures are usually rooted in reality, but show a yearning for something unusual, subtle and even magical.
In each of these photographs I try to capture a little world of the moment. A situation, photographically framed by me at the right time and place, showing something special, wonderful or weird. Maybe even something only to reveal its qualities in that very moment of my observation. I search for the grand in the small and vice versa, for the uncanny and cosmic connection of the different elements that make up our world. At the end its in the eye of the beholder to unravel the story hidden in my photographs or to discover their own different one.
And both would be right, diverse and very personal, as the art itself.