In the early 1980’s, 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 that it made was that “human beings are the key to the success of companies, not money or equipment.” The stories in the book and the descriptions of marketing creativity in the USA fascinated me at the beginning of my career.
Twenty years later, my life changed fundamentally. It is now the search for remote and tranquil places that drives me. But how does one explain silence? For me, silence includes the rushing of a waterfall or the cry of an animal. Disturbing noises are everything made by men.
The idea In Search of Silence was born in 2015, during the first stay in Greenland, trekking for weeks with a tent in complete solitude. There I realized my deep need for silence. After that, I began to search for moments of silence and to capture them with the camera.
Today, I work with an analog camera and 120 rollfilms. Why an analog camera? The most basic argument is simple: Every step in my work is handcrafted. I decide every aspect of an image, not an algorithm.
The first picture shown in public was in 2015 when I submitted a photograph to Outdoor Photography Magazine (U.K.), and it was published as their winning photo. Since then, I have been competing in several international competitions, and the results have motivated me to exhibit my work.
Most of all was my placement in the final round in the competition BigPicture: Natural World Photography Award 2017, organized by the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, and the following exhibition. Later, the reactions of the visitors at The Other Art Fair in London was an overwhelming experience. I realized that my work had touched people.
Since 2018, my work was exhibited in San Francisco, London, Tokyo, New York, Paris, Palermo, Venice and Florence.
My wife and I live in a small town in the Emmen Valley region of Switzerland.