My project Naturzustand explores how the rich west builds bulwarks against climate change. But elsewhere the situation is worse. This is what Srinagar, a city of almost 1 million, in Jammu & Kashmir, India looked like few months ago (note: all that is gray is inundated). Flood levels of up to 40 meters where measured along the Jhelum river; most of Srinagar were inundated by about 3.70 meters.
The upcoming Naturzustand book will bring together my large format photography and high resolution satellite imagery of natural disasters. Because:
Working on Naturzustand at Bernina Pass in Switzerland: this road was too steep for Moby Dick, my cherry picker. At least that’s not captain Ahab having hooked me there.
Here we go, my girl, my cat and my cherry picker Moby Dick: traveling the back streets of Europe, always following the shoreline. It’s great fun but I do it for work: Naturzustand. If you are getting interested for more info – keep reading, it gets juicy. We’ll be back in a month, if things go well with boxes full of negatives.
(von dem Beitrag gibt es auch eine Version in Deutsch)
A rise of the sea level, thawing permafrost, and melting glaciers create an unpredictable yet immanent hazard of potentially devastating scale. Civil protection agencies work hard to make sure dooms day isn’t near. Building massive bulwarks and engineering entire landscapes, they fight storm surges, landslides, and floodings.
Supplying our want for perfect security, the modification of the topography has reached an unprecedented level. With the help of modern technology in design and construction, extensive confining of the once feral forces of nature is possible. Limiting the chaotic and destructive forces that once made nature sublime, the new landscaped is built with the objective to be of harmless harmony.
To investigate human’s response to the threat of nature –in the past and in the future– is the aim of this work. In quest for survival landscape is engineered; documenting the scale is my task.
So far the work on the project has taken me to France, The Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, and Germany and quite some more travels are planned. To produce perfectly detailed photographs, I decided to work with a large format plate camera – each negative is 4×5 inch large and of incredible detail. The camera is heavy and bulky, but I take a lot of suffering for a good photograph.
me & my old school camera
Dear friends, what a moment – I am back at the printer. Stay tuned, there is exciting news waiting…
sheet film worth 2k
Despite Eastman Kodak having left Chapter 11 two weeks ago, despite the UK Kodak Pension Plan having acquired their photographic film business – nobody really knows for how much longer there will be sheet film. I depend on it and need to be on the safe side, even if it means less space for groceries in my fridge. Priorities!
at Alt. plus 1000 in Rossinière – septum piercings are THE shit these days, says this girl.
As an early Christmas present, I received an incredible 8000 Euro VG Bild Kunst grant to work on “Naturzustand”.
Last time I was in Lucern, I slept in a squad. Thanks to justbook.com, I stayed in the Astoria this time; and I was welcomed by Wilhelm Tell.