The everlasting ice is topic to fixed change: in glaciers, the previous and current merge into full timelessness. Gaudenz Danuser’s radical and surreal pictures give seen kind to this dissolution of time and area. Alpine Fragments is the identify of his undertaking, which exhibits excerpts of alpine worlds, concentrating on the constructions of the landscapes which are, partly, centuries previous. Consequently, it serves as a novel and up to date doc, providing an unconventional view of the glaciers within the Swiss Alps.
What motivated you to tackle this undertaking?
The topic of glaciers has performed on my thoughts for a while; nonetheless, I used to be uncertain what I needed to do with it. My objective was to grasp an imagery of the glaciers from an uncommon perspective, with the intention of capturing summary footage with graphic constructions.
The place have been the images for Alpine Fragments taken, and the way a lot time did you dedicate to the undertaking?
The glaciers I photographed are situated within the central Swiss Alps. From the thought to its completion took numerous months. After all, the precise time taking footage from the helicopter was comparatively brief, which made exact preparation for the work all of the extra essential.
You took the images from a helicopter. What have been the largest challenges to beat?
The most important problem was to hit on the perfect time to fly and the proper glacier to cowl. The actual setting in a helicopter requires nice focus throughout the flight. The second I open and lean out (secured!) of the door at 3000 metres within the air, I’m on the mercy of the wind and downdraft on the one hand, and the shaking of the helicopter on the opposite. On this state of affairs, when it’s important to think about the image whereas speaking by radio with the pilot to information him to the proper place, your pulse definitely races considerably.
In your footage, the traces between charcoal sketches, summary portray and pictures develop into blurred. When you have been flying, when do you know that the proper second to take the shot had come?
The helicopter’s top and place should be proper. If you’re too shut or too removed from the ice, the shapes develop into recognisable and unfastened their summary high quality. It’s solely at a sure distance that the graphic constructions seem as I need to see them.
What position does probability play on this undertaking?
Finally, I left as little as potential to probability: I researched topographic maps for my work, to search out an applicable glacier. Moreover, I used to be in shut contact with the helicopter pilot, whom I’ve identified for years and with whom I’ve already realised different initiatives. He stored his eyes open for me within the air, as a result of the proper timing for the undertaking was completely decisive; as a result of each the situations on the ice and the behaviour of the climate wanted to be proper.
What was it like working with the Leica SL2? Which lenses did you employ?
At first I wasn’t fairly positive if the picture stabiliser could be useful, or whether or not the helicopter’s vibration would make it a drawback. Nonetheless, it turned on the market was no want to fret; so it turned clear to me to work with the SL2. It’s exactly when photographing out of a helicopter that it’s nice to have a useful, effectively laid out and reliable digicam in your palms. What’s extra it’s good for questions of effective color gradients, particulars and constructions. The lens I used was the Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90 f/2.8-4 ASPH., in order to have a sure leeway with the focal size.
Did you might have a selected photographic method, which differed out of your different initiatives?
Not likely. For all my initiatives, I look exactly for particular locations at particular occasions. Within the course of, it could occur that my evaluation relating to time and place is mistaken. Which means that I go to sure locations extra regularly.
When your web site, it’s clear that you simply really feel comfy in lots of photographic terrains. What motivates you to maintain on exploring pictures?
The totally different terrains are associated to my background: it lies in structure; however as a younger pictures I labored primarily with out of doors corporations. Over time many points got here collectively: a partiality for graphic constructions and a ardour for mountain landscapes, in addition to my private curiosity in out of doors sports activities.
What photographic style is most essential to you and why?
I really feel most at house with panorama pictures. It’s the style that right now defines probably the most good portion of my effective artwork pictures, and which I plan to dedicate myself to much more sooner or later.
What do your subsequent initiatives seem like?
I need to more and more depart the mountains and switch to different landscapes.
Gaudenz Danuser has been working as a free-lance photographer for 30 years. He lives in Flims, within the Grison Alps. He educated initially in structure, however gave it up in favour of pictures. What stays to this present day is his curiosity in aesthetic shapes and graphic constructions. He’s the daddy of three grown-up youngsters. Along with his curiosity in nature, he’s repeatedly drawn overseas. Initially working within the out of doors sports activities discipline, he focusses right now on the ocean. Yow will discover out extra about his pictures on his website and instagram channel.