autumn wind whispers.
making me follow.
an orange plastered path.
yellow birch hanging.
over my head up high.
my mind drifts away.
to the decaying leaves.
finding myself immersed
by a serenade of colors.
i remember quite vividly. the moment. last year. when i thought i missed autumn. this year is different. witnessing the change from summer to autumn in finland has been nothing but pleasure. fully immersing myself in the autumn sceneries, i tried to make the most out of the short period of time when the leaves are painted. definitely a different autumn for me.
have you guys been enjoying the vivid colors lately?
one hour of desperatly searching for the right place and the right view. hundreds of stairs up and down. a sweaty back. numb fingers. extremely strong winds. watery eyes. a cloudy day. an unexpected sunset. a scandinavian house. blinded eyes. click.
following the pier to the end. it’s crooked. crooked like the idea of waking up at 5am to take photos. but here i am standing. the body. still sleeping. silently gazing at the slow dancing fog on the lake. glazed by a smoky coat. slowly dissipating as dawn gives rise. my breath. visible. my hands. no feeling. a new day on the horizon. filled with good, and bad.
A bad week. nothing is working out. it feels like you are constantly taking the wrong decision. every step you take just seems to attract bad luck. there are weeks like that. it is okay to have those weeks where you’re not feeling absolutely happy with everything around you. accept them. be annoyed for some time and move one.
the difficult part: when you're in that state of mind you often start questioning yourself. especially your craft. what you’re doing. what you’re creating. how you’re creating. why you’re creating. numbers suddenly play a role again. you start looking left and right again. you compere yourself. just everything you shouldn’t be doing. you do.
i was in that state of mind this week. until yesterday when i got a message from someone telling me how inspiring, thoughtful and beautiful he thinks my current work is. out of nowhere. honest appreciation. it was this moment when my state of mind changed again. to where it was before this week. thanks to a couple of beautiful words - words of appreciation.
it really struck a nerve. i feel like we should use those words more often. when you really like something you see on this platform or outside of it. even in real life. something that touches you. something you find beautiful. something you like because it’s different. tell it to the person that created it. be honest about it and i will assure you that you’ll make the day of a fellow artist. in the same way as my day was made.
who inspires you right now? tag them and let then know why! 💚
there will be.
blocking your path.
what’s in front of you.
seemingly not passable.
not until you'll.
face the obstacle.
change the perspective.
you’re gonna find a way.
to clear your view.
for the goal to be seen.
Where is the sun? why is it hiding? when will it show up? these were just a few of the questions i was asking myself that day. it was grey. dull. i haven’t seen the sun all day. just a thick layer of clouds. everywhere. i started checking the weather forecast. i felt the urge of seeing the warmth of the huge glowing ball, but the forecast wasn’t promising. there was little to no chance for the sun to show up that evening. anyway. after spending the whole day inside i needed to go outside. so i took the next bus and drove to one of the surrounding lakes. when i got there it was still dark. no sun in sight. i sat down on the pier just enjoying the calm scenery when the first light ray of the day was hitting my face. slowly but steady the sun was fighting its way through the thick layer of clouds. i waited five more minutes for the sun to get brighter, started the drone and took this picture. couldn’t stop grinning for the rest of the day.
What is there left to say? i am blown away by how many people were reached with the text of my last post. it feels good to know that there are people out there. people of this platform. of this community. that care. people who are questioning. people who are reflecting. on our actions and decisions. i really appreciate every single on of you who joined the conversation over the last 2 days. it was very insightful. there were so many beautiful texts with good points on how we can maybe find a way of doing all this in a more responsible manner.
it is important to talk. to discuss. to agree. in the end the most important part is to act.
keep that in mind while walking your path.
the path of acting.
There is something. something on my mind. a topic i have been thinking about a lot during the last weeks and months. a topic that kept me from roaming around the world without real concerns. a topic that left me feeling worried. worried about the future.
the change of the climate on the planet we all are living on.
i am torn. i am torn between my urge of traveling, exploring, visiting, roaming, creating and my goal of having a sustainable way of living. i am torn between the love i have for the outdoors and contributing at the same time to a global problem. i am torn.
in the last months i started reflecting and questioning my actions and decisions of the past and the future. i was especially thinking about social media in general and the whole outdoor photography community. what is the role we are playing in all this? which picture of traveling, roaming, exploring and being outdoors are we conveying?
is it justifiable to drive thousands of kilometres on the weekend for 2 days of shooting? is it justifiable to fly to the other side of the planet every 4 weeks? is it justifiable to have this unsustainable urge in ourselves of exploring every little part of this planet? is it justifiable to encourage other people to live the same unsustainable lifestyle? where will this lead to? i am not sure. these are questions everyone has to ask and answer themselves.
i am guilty for a lot of that and part of the problem myself - no question. i just want to raise awareness on the problem and encourage you to think twice about your travel decisions in the future. is it really necessary to fly to the other side of the world for a few days of shooting? isn’t there any other way of getting beautiful imagery? a more sustainable way? have you ever been shooting in your nearest national park? even in your nearest forest gems can be found - believe me.
i struggle myself a lot with this and i would love to hear your thoughts on this difficult topic. what is your point of view? what are you doing to travel more sustainable? where are you seeing this community going in the next years? have you ever felt the same like me?
Hiking this ridge line in the swiss alps was one of the more memorable things i was able to do this year. the complex structure of the mountain took my breath away. not only because of its beauty. it was also really exhausting to get from a to b.
up and down. up and down. for miles. for hours. on a small path. where every wrong step could have had tragic consequences. it has demanded constant concentration for every step i took. to keep our heads clear it was super important to stay hydrated during the hike.
besides all the exhausting parts, it was an amazing experience. i had a lot of fun hiking the ridge with @steffenegly and @dominiclars. looking forward to more of those moments next year.