Light on Water Curtain (Zinal Glacier – August, 26th, 2016)
Created over a long time in the empire of the cold to spread over the valleys, always transforming anew, living and conserving. Lying in the edges of the civilisation, they are hidden on our maps mostly as not cultivated, white spots, as places of the “eternal ice”. And nevertheless! Glaciers and ice, what a strong symbol of the absolutely transient! A rare coincidence will awake something never seen. Maybe we will be witness of an incomparable kind of light. Unfortunately only a short life will be granted to these new creations of beauty. It will force us to stop, to gaze in disbelief, maybe even shudder. Soon the law of nature will alter every discovered piece of art and all material remembrance will be breaking up.
It starts with a long journey to the village of Zinal in Valais, in the south of Switzerland. On foot, it is initially on good way uphill. After a pathless section along the river, the Zinal Glacier is reached. This is followed by the ascent to the high glacier edge and then a march on the glacier covered with scree. I am now in a narrow valley step. Here is the glacier ice is in extreme motion, everything dissolves. Already a good part of the liberated rocks is visible. Where there is still glacier ice, caves and labyrinths show gaps. Last year still heavily water bearing, this ice cave is practically drained. Part of the ceiling collapsed and discharged what was on top into the interior. An oblique cone of outside light turns a curtain of drops of water into a magical light. In stark contrast, stones of all sizes discharge at short intervals from the edge of the cave. Their impact force startles and reminds you to keep your distance.
AUTHOR1952 birth, Central Switzerland. 1976 graduated as electrical engineer. Professional entry into the then newly invented computer technology. 1984 time-out. My wife and I went on a trip through Africa and South America for 1-½ years. Including a Hasselblad, a perfect camera for image design! Already at that time the need awoke to explore something profound and to create an adequate picture of it. 1987 change of location to eastern Switzerland. Starting a family, construction of a house and ambitious projects at work led to a photographic time-out.
2003 start of second cycle. A new approach to discovery and contemplative landscape photography began. In the foreground of the search are now preferably places of transition, for example, in the border area between ice and water.
For me, taking pictures means allowing one to find and giving the necessary time and peace to the design. As a rule, I am alone and more often than not away from the usual paths. I find the most extreme and beautiful of these nature sites in the ice and thus mostly on the edge or inside a glacier. With luck, scenes of touching beauty will open.
All photographs are taken without exception with the light available on site. Water splashing, clay silt and shocks are usually unavoidable. This sometimes presents a great challenge to the equipment used.
Where the Glacier Landscape gets Lost and Creates something New!