A Walk in the Forest


holz-04While I’d had in mind to post these pictures in my own ‘elements‘ gallery – demonstrating that I am more at home with wood than with glass – I realized that today’s pictures also show what we saw on our walk in the nearby Stadtwald (“city forest”). So I decided to share these in the context of Jo’s Monday Walks. And so everybody can see where we were, I included the bottom picture.

[Although I am not into tech talk, I would have been grateful for this kind of information when I was trying to make up my mind about using Sony’s Alpha 6000 camera with Nikon AIS lenses – so here we go: The first picture was made with aforementioned camera and a Nikkor 85/2 AIS, the rest of them with my favourite lens, the Nikkor 28/2.8 AIS. They seem to quite work well with the camera. Though focusing manually can be a hassle  with the small EVF, it is also fun.]


Watching the Game [Prologue]





Is there any wilderness left? With a camera and its frame you can make believe there is, and on some occasions I roam the nearby meadows and forests to do exactly that. But every once in a while I not only happen upon felled trees and tyre tracks but also upon raised hides. They actually tend to get in the way, eliciting the exasperated sigh, “another one!”

Following the maxim to make that which disturbs me part of the picture – or even the picture’s sole subject – I decided to photograph the raised hides themselves. They seem to lend themselves to a ‘graphic’ treatment, to trying out various compositions.

I am always interested in what I like to call fleeting architecture: Tents, scaffolding, construction sites – and also, less fleeting, industrial facilities. They all seem to embody the essence of the ‘form follows function’ principle, their utter lack of aesthetic ambition bringing forth a very own kind of aesthetics.

If all goes well, these pictures will convey a sense of typology: Although these ‘buildings’ are in the hinterland, the series’ title might well be Le città e la caccia which I think sounds good and which I also think would pursue the idea of describing a place focusing on some of its isolated aspects.

I hope you all enjoy accompanying me into the woods once more. Let’s go, and don’t startle the deer!