MY WAY TO PHOTOGRAPHY OR: ACTUALLY IT STARTED IN SWEDEN
Growing up on the North and Baltic Seas, I spent my school days with my parents and my sister in our holiday home in southern Sweden: Red-painted wood, white window frames, forest all around and the bathing lake within walking distance - a typically Scandinavian, seemingly endless idyll (The realization that this was a cultural landscape came with the first clear cuts, which unfortunately are common in the Swedish timber industry). Going to Sweden not only felt like a great adventure, looking back I think it was also a feeling of 'coming home' - at least that's how I still feel today when I get the chance to meet my parents to visit in their second home.
Picking blueberries, wild strawberries and chanterelles (although not always entirely voluntarily), swimming in the nearby lake, my favorite climbing tree, the dozens of songbirds in front of the window with the food bowl, small car safaris to look for moose and an indescribable silence: All these impressions - and certainly my elementary school days on the island of Sylt - have shaped me and my love of nature to this day.
CAPTURE THE MOMENT
But what does all this have to do with photography? I was given my first digital camera when I was 16 and kept taking pictures of everything I could think of: family, friends, festivals and vacations, but also the nature that surrounds me and its inhabitants – albeit in a rather rudimentary and bumpy form, like me found when combing through my image archive for this text. Nevertheless, the desire to capture and preserve things and moments gradually developed in me - and after all, which medium is better suited than photography?
At the end of my school days, I finally wanted to become a photographer. After a number of applications and the subsequent rejections, both the first disillusionment and the great realization came: I actually knew nothing about photography, nothing about the connections between aperture, ISO and time, nothing about image composition or storytelling. In addition to vocational training in the logistics sector, from then on I dealt more intensively with photography by leafing through photo magazines and posting tutorials, information and entries in photography forums.
After a break of almost three years, during which I did further training in business administration parallel to my job in the evenings and at weekends, I finally had more time in 2018 to devote myself to my passion and to go out into nature with the camera, to capture them in pictures. My Instagram account was also created during this time (if you scroll down to the bottom, you can also see the first pictures from this time).
After I was fascinated by the surrounding forests and especially by the mushrooms in all their shapes and colours in autumn, I discovered my passion for wildlife photography in 2020, which fascinated me in a way that I never did before could have imagined.
HERE AND NOW
Through wildlife photography, I was able to discover a new approach to topics such as sustainability, nature conservation and species protection. I would like to pay more attention to these topics through photography and thus bring my fellow human beings closer to the beauty but also the vulnerability of this world and its inhabitants - in the constant hope that it is not too late and the realization that I am only at the beginning of a long journey stand.
I find inspiration and encouragement in the work of photographers and filmmakers such as Paul Nicklen, Morten Hilmer, Jan Haft, Lana Tannir, Oliver Goetzl, Vincent Munier, Cristina Mittermeier and Robert Marc Lehmann.
Hi! I am Marc