seeing animals in a snow filled environment fills me with respect. respect for the ability to endure this harsh time of the year with bravura. defying all kinds of obstacles that would lead us humans in a certain ineptitude.
in the following weeks i would like i would like to sharpen my eye for the local wildlife that is surrounding me. i’m curious how it’ll go. stay tuned for it!
The more pictures i edit of my latest lapland trip. the more snow covered trees i see on my screen. the more i realise of how many different wooden characters i took pictures of.
every single one. different.
makes me appreciate nature even more.
If you really reflect on what is happening around us. how people treat other people. how people treat nature. how people are unconscious and ignorant about real problems that affect us all. how people lose connection to themselves and drown in a state of superficiality. you might say: there is a lot of darkness surrounding us. most of us would probably agree.
but in all the darkness. there is a path. a white path and illuminated path. a path that has been built by people that mind. that mind how we think and feel. that mind how we treat each other and our surroundings. that mind inner values. people that just mind.
let’s get our hands dirty and keep building the path. together. until there is no more darkness.
hard to express how happy i am right now about all the snow in germany. when i left lapland a few days before returning to germany i instantly began to miss all the snow masses i was immersing myself in for a while. i imagined how awesome it would be if the snow travels with me from finland to germany. three weeks later and i’m sitting here. on a chair. coffee in the right hand. left hand on my forehead. looking outside the window. calm and gently. snow falling down onto an already fair layer of snow. somehow. just somehow. the snow travelled with me. #whpunexpected
It was already late. i approached the first quarter of the blue hour and packed up my stuff to start hiking back. right when i wanted to commence the snowy hike back i heard something. knock knock. i stopped. no sounds. just silence. knock knock. i heard it again. a rustle in one of the surrounding trees. after listening to it for a while i was able to locate the light noise. i was kneeling in front of the sounding tree and waited until the woodpecker showed up. after a little while he showed up at the bottom of the tree pecking in front of me. there is just something so calming about listening to a woodpecker in a silent surrounding. i am sure i could listen to it for quite some time without getting bored.
do you guys have a sound i nature that you can’t get enough from?
Snow covered trees. you can imagine i’ve seen a lot of them during my last weeks in finland. somehow. i really don’t know how. i didn’t get sick of seeing them. every single tree out there you stumble upon with a thick coat of snow was different. different in the shape. different in the height. different in how much snow it carried. it felt magical to me. almost as every single one would have its own personality. there were many moments i was walking on the trail and just thinking: wow! that moment you see here was one of them.
do you guys ever had a wow-moment while walking past a tree? if yes: why? would be interesting to hear!
have a great start in to the week guys!
the last 6 months i found myself more than ever interested in a cleaner and more minimal approach. not only in my photography. in almost every aspect of life. in the amount of persons i surround myself in. in the way i’m consuming. the way i am writing and also the way i am taking photos. i realized that the term „less is more“ fits really well to my current state of mind.
it is the beginning of the year and it is time to decide where i wanna head with my work this year. undeniably i have the feeling that my work is going to change throughout this year and i’m ready to immerse myself in the process of it. more experiments. more individuality. just certainly more time spent on a lot less things and i want you guys to be part of it. so let’s talk.. what is your opinion on change? do you encourage change when you feel it's approaching? or do you shut yourself off to the process of change? would be interesting to hear!
this year is slowly but surely coming to an end. 2018. when i think back: a crazy year. filled with positive things. filled with negative things. filled with learning new things. filled with experiencing love. filled with change. filled with reflecting. filled with searching a meaning.
when it comes to numbers it wasn’t my best year here on this platform. i changed things up and i’m happy i did. a thing i always have to remind myself on: numbers doesn’t matter. do not measure your self-consciousness on them. it’s about what you create, how you create it and how you connect your visions with the people around you.
after being featured by instagram at beginning of the year i suddenly hit a wall on how i perceived instagram. i started to distance myself from this app because i wasn’t satisfied with what i was doing. neither with what the creatives around me we’re doing. i started to ask myself questions about the why and the what. i reflected on how i am traveling and what i want to really transport with the pictures i am taking. a inner journey.
are we really creative? or are we just repeating the same stuff over and over for a supposed success? weird. as i am writing this today i am still don’t have the answers. it’s a process. a process i am aware of. a process i wanna turn into something positive. something sustainable. something different. something. for me. for us all.
connecting pictures with words. something i strived for in 2018. finding words for beautiful things around us. beautiful things close to us. beautiful things you can reach in a sustainable way. that i want to continue. my resolution for 2019 is to keep on finding beauty in the simple. sustainable. in my own way. sharing it with you.
let’s rock 2019!
We are all colors.
that sticks out. —
in approximately 10 hours i am sitting on a plane leaving finland. a surreal feeling. to leave this place that kind of feels like home already after all the good times i had. i’m happy and sad at the same time. sad, because i can surely say that i fell in love with this country and all it's facets. i will be missing it a lot. and happy, because i won’t be thousands miles away from my better half anymore. 💚
the last months have been packed with hustling for university projects (yes i actually studied haha), using every free minute to go out and shoot and immersing myself in the beautiful nature of this incredible country. i truly had a fulfilling time here.
what is there left to say.
thank you finland.
thank you to all the incredible people i met during my stay - especially the boy @aleksiu7
it was a pleasure!
The last hut
it is the last hike. the last hut. the last destination you are approaching. your family and friends are already patiently waiting for you with their hands held up high. loving you. embracing you. gifting you. with. time to slow down. time to leave the hustle behind. time to refocus. time to reminisce. time to just be.