The escape from our daily routine is something I believe we are on the search for. For me, photography is a way to achieve this escape - The Photoescape. Often, we feel the need to challenge our mind, to break our habits and patterns, we strive for new impressions, and we want to be creative. We do all of this, when we try to capture the essence of something. When taking photos, we train our eye to find the small details, and usual perspectives that make our subject unique. This also changed the way I see the world around me every day. I started seeing those details and perspectives. Now, even without a camera, I noticed the gradual shift between foreground and background, where only one position would result in the composition I. Now I know, you have to put the camera down, find the best position for your composition, and really look at what you want to photograph. Like with everything else: never stop practicing and you will never stop learning. So I keep practicing learning and finding new patterns to break.
Photography forces me to get out of the comfort zone, it challenges me to observe the world in a way I have not seen it before, but it always rewards me with being able to enjoying small moments, to seeing beauty and details of my surrounding, and to keeping me open for unexpected and diverse experiences. The Photoescape is a way to present these experiences and how I see the world.
It is always more important what is behind and in front of the camera, than the camera itself in any way. Ideas and stories behind photos are more important than any technical aspect could or should be. Sometimes imperfections in a photo tell the story and make a photo special.
That being said, what makes photography special compared to other forms of art, is that the camera technically enables us to expand what we are able to see. A long exposure includes time in one frame, a close-up or microscopy can show us more detail as we could see with our own eyes. We can freeze motion and emotion that only occurred in an instance, we can make the faint stars and galaxies visible. A photo can show us what we cannot observe ourselves and it can show us something we have never seen before. In this sense, photography – and The Photoescape - is an escape from our limited vision. Here are some examples of pictures that show something too small, faint, or happening over a too large time frame, for us to observe directly.
Make the invisible visible
The sun some sunspots on (right black dots) and mercury passing in front of it (left dark dot). Sunspots are areas on the surface of the sun that have a few hundred degrees cooler surface temperature and are therefore a bit darker. This would normally be too bright for us to see, and the sunspots and mercury furthermore too small.
Jupiter and its moons. While we can see Saturn, we cannot distinguish it from a star, because we cannot see its moons with our own eyes.
The moon with its craters resolved much higher than with the naked eye. This is not even shot with a telescope, but a regular 70-300 mm tele zoom objective.
Several pictures of a thunderstorm added to show the whole extent of the storm.
Close-up photos of animals and plants, at resolutions higher than of the human eye, you can see individual pollen or cells of the petal, and tiny insects become gigantic.
Painting with Light & time