This series hangs heavy with mystery. In the apparent silence of the forest, rendered in delicate greys, great beasts hulk, meeting the gaze of the viewer with apparent lack of concern. The effect is magical realist in character: it evokes tranquility as much as it surprises with its subject matter. I provoke questions: are these beasts really present? And how? I seems to frame a private moment of magic, crystallising it and passing it forward for the viewer to see.

Having lived near Germany’s famous forest, Teutoburger Wald, for years, I had spent plenty of time photographing there in the mist. I was “fascinated by the silence and the peaceful atmosphere” and, whilst watching a deer there on one occasion, decided to recreate the splendour of the moment artificially, with more exotic species.

The images are composed of both analogue and digital matter: the forest itself is invariably shot on medium format or 35mm and processed traditionally, whilst the animals are shot digitally in zoos. The rest is the result of hard work and patience in Photoshop. I prefer to use black and white for my images, for its lack of distraction; I feel it is more direct.

Tierwald is relatively uniform given its formula: wild animal captured in forest setting. But a closer look at each image in turn reveals plenty of variation in the blacks and whites that dip back into fading undergrowth: while in one image an elephant stands near motionless in contemplation, in another the foreground is broken by the frenetic brush of the wings of birds in flight. At first seeking to create “restful” images, I began to incorporate more movement as the series progressed, feeling it to be more realistic, more immersive. The question of reality is pertinent for me: I describe

my intention to provoke a questioning or uncertainty about the nature of fiction in the viewer. At times, I see the series as “a future without human beings. The animals have reconquered their habitats like in some science fiction books or films.”

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Sami 11 months ago

I'm not sure this a hyena habitat...

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Erika Daniel 1 year ago

haunting, mysterious, shrouded beauty

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Thegreatcountryofverden 11 months ago

This one's dead. Pretty sure that that is not supposed to be there.

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TC 1 year ago

A Bored Panda?

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Liz Wycz 12 months ago

not their native environment any more than a zoo ... pity

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Aubrey 1 year ago

looks hurt help him it is so sad

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Miriam Praus 1 year ago

this makes me soooo sad,knowinf those beautiful creatures have a sad live in a Zoo somewhere :(

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Full Name 1 year ago

Love how well the elephant's shadowing and haze match the background (except the tree right beside it should show some sharpness and detail to match the elephant, especially the trunk)

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TC 1 year ago

It's a "zebra crossing" the woods..

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Erika Daniel 1 year ago

hauntingly beautiful

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