Since starting our professional career in landscape photography, one thing has never changed for us:
We never treated photography as a way of artistic expression. Taking a landscape photograph with a rugged 4x5 large format equipment and shoot with film, has never really been an expression of emotion or feelings but rather a raw document of what really was in front of us, at the time we pressed the shutter.
It has always been about capturing reality. More so, about finding a fascinating motif, finding unique views, experiencing wild moments. As much as photography can be a great way to express yourself in an artistic manner, for us it’s never been that way. And – we have to confess – we find some deep satisfaction in the fact, that we stuck with a certain “line” of what our work supposedly stands for, (not using the word “style” here… - that’s a different story! ) throughout all these years. And still do.
If it may mean for some, our photography hasn’t “evolved” (or “improved”?), we’ll disagree. It has. Just in other ways. Not all of that may be visible.
From the 1990s on, we had one leitmotif, underlining most of what we photographed: We wanted to “open windows” into wild places, let people, who would never experience these themselves, enjoy certain moments with us, as “up and close” as the medium of photography allows. (and for a long time, just for that simple reason alone, there was no way around using large format view cameras) You can call this old fashioned (and it probably is) but it has never been our intention to impress fellow photographers nor wanted we to draw other photographers to these exact places. (however, we probably did, we are the last ones to not recognize that)
Sticking with that simple guideline though, prevented us from straying into (mostly short lived) photo-fashions and – most of all – it prevented us from “bending” the reality of our images into something, that isn’t real. As much as we scroll through all the landscape images we ever took, they represent true moments in time.