German photographer Michael Lange just published his first photo book.
WALD (Forest) ist the title and subject of this beautiful book with photos full of mystery and magic.
Over a period of three years, Michael Lange wandered through Germany’s vast deciduous and coniferous forests, taking pictures with a sure sense of the places where childhood memories and sober documentations of nature blur. The mysterious photographs were taken off the beaten path, in the thickets and underbrush, at dusk or twilight. What was decisive for the cycle was the question of how the nature of stillness can be depicted in an image. The finest of nuances, shadows, and color gradients create thickly atmospheric compositions of concentrated clarity, conveying an experience characterized by the German Romantic word Waldeinsamkeit (woodland solitude). This publication traces the artist’s photographic tracks.
Michael Lange has been doing reportage photography and portraits for magazines and companies since the late seventies; since the end of the nineties he has devoted himself to his own projects.
More of his work can be found on his website.
WALD MICHAEL LANGE
Text Wolfgang Denkel | Christoph Schaden
80 pages 32 images
34 x 26 cm, hardcover
Hatje Cantz 2012
all images below are from WALD
© copyright all images Michael Lange