Unreal Terrace Dream (Morteratschgletscher – March 1st, 2012)
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.
The Upper Engadin is located in the southeast of Switzerland. From the village of Pontresina you can reach the Morteratsch valley in a short time by train. A small road leads in less than an hour up the valley to the glacier tongue of the Morteratsch Glacier. A new winter cycle has begun. The small ice cave on the western edge of the glacier's end shows this in the form of ground ice. The attention applies for a good while completely to the left, outside side. With its extremely limited range of colours within an almost single blue, this image seems unreal, almost fairy-tale. The main source of light penetrates gently and diffusely through the ice wall in the background. The ice terraces with their emphasized drawn edge lines and an almost tangible space let you pause and marvel.
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!