A Soundscape The banks of the River Oder on the German/Polish border. To see and hear this click on this link
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I´ve just finished a new video for Uniper Energie here in Germany. It documents their new fish ladder on the River Lech near Landsberg, Bavaria, Germany. This is the second fish ladder that I´ve documented and they´re enormous fun to make. As with the last one we used a drone for the aerials, a GoPro Hero 4 for the underwater shots and a Nikon D800 for the “normal” stuff. For the sound recording I used a Zoom H6 recorder with a stereo mike as well as a hydrophone to supplement the mike on the GoPro (which, by the way, is not bad!). For the edit I used Premiere Pro and Speed Grade for the colour grading.
We had to film it after the construction work was finished but before the opening at the beginning of April, which only gave us a couple of weeks in March. Fortunately we had a couple of good sunny and relatively windless days for the shoot – I write windless because it makes the aerials a lot easier if you’re not fighting a wind as well. By the way, the “we” really means Kerstin Erbe and me, a compact team if ever there was one! The voice-over was spoken by Jörg-Peter Urbach
One form of creative work that I really enjoy, and find hugely fulfilling, is working with other artists. The poet Bob Burden has used my photography as a touchstone for his work. The products of this joint work have resulted in the, and here I use the old film developing term,”super-additivity” of “The Keeper´s Cottage” and “Soldier´s Rock“. And now I´ve just finished a project with Mike Stanton. Mike, a Texan who lives in Munich Germany, is not only an excellent mountaineer but also an extremely accomplished composer and musician. A few months ago I listend to his piece, “Alone”, and was immediately captivated by it, and wanted to set the emotions it generated in me to pictures. The result is this video, which I shot with my wife over two evenings, and which I spent the better part of last week editing. For me it had to be black and white and at night. I´ve tried to illustrate not only the feelings of isolation and “aloneness” but also the counterpoint of strength that I felt within this piece. I love this subtle piece of music and have tried to do justice to it with my pictures and edit.
A few months ago I visited the new wind turbine that´s been erected near where I live. Visually it´s obviously eye catching, but what really caught my attention were the noises emanating from it, so I decided to return not just armed with my photographic gear, but also my sound recording equipment too. To capture the sound I used a stereo microphone set to 120 degrees, a shotgun microphone and a contact microphone. The contact microphone was attached to various parts of the structure – most of the sounds picked up by the contact microphone were generated by the turbine but a few were caused by me either striking or stroking the structure. I then edited the sounds together, some of them have been slightly manipulated. This is best heard with either good speakers or headphones.
This ravine on the Passer River is part of the Periadratic Seam or Fault, which runs through the Southern European Alps to Hungary. Simply put, the left bank in the photo is Europe and the right, Africa. I was there a couple of weeks ago and both photographed also recorded sound. I used various microphones – 120 degree stereo, shotgun and a hydrophone for recording under water. The photography was done using my trusty Nikon D800 with Lee ND Filters. I´ve mixed the sound into a soundscape and added a couple of shots to make it also visually interesting.
This is another collaboration with Robert Burden who wrote and spoke a poem to my photograph of Soldier´s Rock on Islay, Scotland.