rocks – water – ice
Three characteristics of the Alps and three essential motifs of my work in the high mountains of Europe. Water certainly plays the most important role, preferably falling water.
A »Stüber« is a common Swiss expression for a waterfall, falling from high above, fading while reaching the ground. But to be honest, these waterfalls in the »Appenzeller Alps« don‘t fade in any way. They are powerful, thundering, impressive and intimidating masses of freezing cold water, coming from high up off the mountains.»Stübertanz« is an umbrella term for all of my work at, under or in waterfalls and whitewater. It‘s not easy to work at such a place, impossible to communicate with each other but it is a fascinating experience of nature in a mostly complete seclusion.
Gneiss rocks and the ice of glaciers once formed the Alps. Especially the Urner Alps, right in the heart of Switzerland are one of my favourite regions. I love strolling around between the Sustenpass and the Passo San Gottardo. I love being up there, braving the elements, taking photographs with and without models or just sitting in complete silence and enjoying the majestic scenery which could originate from a J. R. R. Tolkien saga.Over the years, the »Horefelli«, btw. this is an almost forgotten mountain pasture in a side valley of the river Gottardreuss, became a hypernym for my work in the amazing glaciers around the Sustenpass.