When I started photographing as a teenager in the early 1980ies the majority of my photographs was already Black and White. In the first years I was photographing just everything. Then I learned that the quality of my photographs was not only a question of the techniques but also strongly affected by my interest for the subject.
So especially spectacular landscapes started fascinating me from 1987 onwards, when I made several trips through the northern countries as Iceland, Greenland and Spitsbergen and the US. Later on I got also faszinated by India, Tibet and New Zealand. In the last years I got attracted by beauty of the landscapes of the surrounding, more closer landscapes, like of Great Britain, France, Ireland and of course Germany. But the highlands and interior deserts of Iceland have been always remaining my favorite places for photography and I have returned to Iceland much more frequently than to anywhere else. Besides natural topics sometimes manmade landscapes as urban architecture and industry came also in my view.
Sometimes I am asked to choose my favorite photographs. Looking back I feel that my favorite views have changed from the big majestic sceneries more to the details of the landscape. Whereas the personal view and also the favorites are changing, there is one element which remained all over the years: Geometric shapes and structures are a major element of my view on the world and so they are mirrored in my photographs. Always the particular and unique conditions of light have attracted me. Going along with the light´s inherent counterpart – the shadow. That might be the reason, why I always preferred B&W over colour, although having never completely ignored the latter.
In terms of technique I changed in the early times consequently from 35mm to 6x7cm and mid of the 1980ies to 4”x 5” large format parallel to my focused interest on landscapes. In this time I also did a lot of darkroom work. Nowadays I work often digital, but still I enjoy the work with my 4” x 5” or even with the 8” x 10” whenever I can manage to have them with me on outdoor activities. Scanning the negative after individual development is todays standard procedure. Prints may be worked out digitally and printed on high quality papers by use of Ultrachrome K3 inks. For some series I use so called "alternative" darkroom print technologies, as Platinotype, Kallitype or Cyanotype or I still do silver gelatine printing.
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Jürgen Wieser: info(at)shadowgraphy(dot)de