To overfly the Earth, searching for untouched landscapes created by nature thousands of years ago, capturing vertiginous angles with a Zeiss lens that brings a wide range of colours, shapes and looks close up, which combined produce a flabbergasting effect - like every other first vision that mankind has of the unexplored. And, after cataloguing all of these images, in a partnership with reknown geologists, publishing them in a refined coffee-table book...
This enviable work belongs to Bernhard Edmaier. A German geologist and civil engineer, Edmaier ended up, while working in the latter profession, falling in love with the first. He permanently left civil engineering to dedicate himself to his training at the Photographers’ Guild, in Munique. In 1992 he founded his own photography agency, Geophot, where he has been working ever since, independently.
Moved by his interest in natural phenomenona, the photographer travels the world in search of desert and unlikely places, gathering material for his scientific books and other similar projects, usually accompanied by his partner Angelika Jung-Hüttl, also a geologist, who writes most of the explaining and commenting about the natural processes they encounter in their expolarations.
But, to capture the best pictures possible, a careful plan is set up; because a large amount of places Edmaier photographs are out of reach, wild or under extreme climates, a thorough research is done beforehand, to evaluate the viability of the task at hand, as well as a check up of eveyone's health and the condition of equipment transportation. They, then, decide the solutions to each problem by studying maps and satelite images, detailing each step of the expedition. Only then is the camera chosen (invariably, the photographs are taken without any sort of filter and digital manipulation) as well as the ideal means of transportation, which depends on the altitude at which the photos will be taken and the climate of the chosen region.
The results of this thorough process are textures, fractals and geometric forms that become surreal images that are truly surprising and that make us question if it is really our planet. Edmaier and his team's audacity, concepts and technique are worth being admired by such award-winning catalogues as "GeoArt Deutschland", "EarthSong" and "Patterns of the Earth", released this year. Below, you can see some of the outstanding work of Bernhard Edmaier.
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