In the early 1980s, the German news magazine Der Spiegel published a story about the then-successful management book In Search of Excellence by Tom Peters, the main point of which was that “human beings are the key to the success of companies, not money or equipment.” The stories in that book and marketing creativity in the U.S. fascinated me at the beginning of my career.
Twenty years later, I was forced to change almost every aspect of my life, and I began to observe various developments with concern. During a 2017 trekking trip to Greenland, I saw a steppe fire for the first time. Try to imagine: burning ground in Greenland! Two years later, around 500 miles to the south, I witnessed methane gas escaping from the bed of a lake. The melting of the permafrost releases methane, a greenhouse gas that is 25 times stronger than carbon dioxide. But that’s not all.
In 2019, the Doomsday Clock was set at two minutes before midnight because of nuclear risk, disruptive technologies, and climate change. Now, at the beginning of the ‘20s, the party is over; you don’t need to be a scientist to realize that the situation is critical.
How do I deal with the madness of today’s world? Whenever I can, I escape into nature to search for and find quiet places. I do this with the idea that recharging in nature recharges my spirit.
“In Search of Silence” was born in 2015, during my first stay in Greenland, trekking for weeks in complete solitude with just a tent. There, I realized my deep need for silence, and I began to search for such moments and to capture them with a camera. These offline moments are the luxury in my life and the focus of my photographic work.
Today, I work with an analog camera and 120 roll film. Why do I use analog equipment? The most basic argument is simple: Every step in my work is handcrafted; it is me, not an algorithm, that decides every aspect of an image.
My first picture to be shown in public was a photograph I submitted to Outdoor Photography Magazine (U.K.) in 2015 which was published as their winning entry. Since then, I have participated in several international competitions, and the results have motivated me to exhibit my work. Most encouraging of all was my placement in the final round and subsequent exhibition of BigPicture: Natural World Photography Award 2017, organized by the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco. Later, seeing the reactions of visitors to The Other Art Fair in London was an overwhelming experience; I realized that my work could touch people.
Since 2018, my work has been exhibited in San Francisco, New York, Tokyo, London, Paris, Palermo, Venice, and Florence.
My wife and I live in a small town in the Emmen Valley region of Switzerland.