Series: Time of tempest
Technique: Handmade silver prints on baryt paper
Edition of 3/3 + 1 AP, 5/5 + 1 AP
In the beginning of February 2020, two heavy storms, Petra and Sabine, hit western Europe. In Switzerland, wind speeds of about 175 km/h and 217km/h were measured. These storms had a remarkable impact on the landscape, mainly on our lush forests. I experienced the violent force of both tempests. Once the storms subsided, I was certain my immediate surroundings had to be significantly affected and set out on a research trip around our local forests. I encountered severe and widespread destruction - the number of fallen trees was astounding. The storms ripped massive tree trunks apart or simply uprooted them. I took the chance to capture the devastation I encountered, to raise awareness about the current state of Swiss and western European forests and the problematic state of many spruces due to the dissemination of the bark beetle (lat. Scolytinae) in combination with climate change.
My photographs intend to illustrate the direct consequences of climate change. Shot on black and white film with a vintage Mamiya Universal Press 6 x 9 medium format camera, they follow a certain aesthetic which is subtly poetic and still.